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November 1994, Week 4


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Murray Pomerance <[log in to unmask]>
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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Sun, 27 Nov 1994 12:34:48 CST
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Forgive my being so hazy about this, but in AFTER HENRY Joan Didion has
an essay on the social scene in Hollywood where the class distinction
between film and television is articulately, stunningly, described.  I
think anyone interested seriously on why TV doesn't make it here so often
might benefit from reading that.  We assume status, don't we, talking
about film--even problematic film.  I suspect a lot of the arguments on
SCREEN-L, a lot of the flame wars, were built upon class troubles.
On Thu, 24 Nov 1994, Jeremy Butler wrote:
> On Thu, 24 Nov 1994 11:40:04 CST Shari L. Rosenblum said:
> >Diane McDaniel asks if there's a tv discussion list of this sort on the
> >net.  It was my impression that Screen-l is a "film and tv studies
> >discussion list."
> Absolutely!
> >I agree with Diane's underlying premise, however, that tv studies are
> >absent from these discussions.  I've interpreted the absence as
> >manifestation of an unspoken taboo.  I've hesitated to engage conversations
> >on the topic, accordingly.  Have I been mistaken?
> No TV taboo here.  In fact, your humble SCREEN-L owner/coordinator/moderator
> welcomes TV studies topics because that's the area he mostly works in himself.
> (Man, where did that schizophrenic third person mode come from?  I think
> I may have been owning/coordinating/moderating a bit toooo long.)
> It's the old "range of topics" issue:  SCREEN-L's topics (within the
> general heading of film/TV studies) are determined by its membership.
> If you'd like to see something discussed, set your fingers a-typing and
> fire up a thread (if you'll excuse my mixed metaphor...).
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>           Baseball has the great advantage over cricket of
>           being sooner ended.
>                                   --George Bernard Shaw--
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> | SCREEN-L Coordinator                                                   |
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