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On Wed, 20 Jan 1993 10:17:28 PST <[log in to unmask]> said:
>Cal Pryluck posted a query on behalf of Bob Smith relating to an
>aesthetically-based approach to televison criticism. This is the sort of
>thing that Herb Zettl has been doing at San Francisco State for some
>years. His text, "Media Aesthetics" (I think) is quite provocative. I
 
Henry, I think you're thinking of SIGHT SOUND MOTION:  APPLIED MEDIA
AESTHETICS (Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth, 1990).  Second edition is the
most recent (and was something like 8 years in the making).
 
Zettl's book is quite helpful and well-illustrated.  My only problem
with it is that it's sometimes idiosyncratic in its terminology.
He describes some aesthetic phenomena in terms that are not widely
used elsewhere.
 
Still, it's admirable in its attempt to get beyond the day-to-day
aesthetics advocated in TV production texts.
 
Just one teacher's opinion...
 
P.S.  A final caveat:  the illustrations drive the price of the book
up.  I haven't checked lately, but I wouldn't be surprised if it
retailed for $40-50.
 
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