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Timothy Havens

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814737200

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814737200.001.0001

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Transnational Televisual Aesthetics and Global Discourses of Race

(p.171) Conclusion
Black Television Travels

Timothy Havens

NYU Press

This concluding chapter explains how the discussions in African American television constitute highly institutionalized exchanges. The book argues that while these are not the most interesting or important exchanges, they are distinct from the more idiosyncratic kinds of exchanges that less organized conversations give rise to. The chapter also talks about the aesthetic dimensions of African American television and how different kinds of institutional practices encourage different kinds of aesthetics. Since television's inception, its institutional formations encouraged the use of realist aesthetics. Ironically, today's global, digital, post-network era supports highly localized aesthetics of hyperrealism and travesty. Thus, the institutional labors of narrowcasters targeting transnational or subnational audience segments give rise to industry lore about viewers embarking on cultural journeys and seeking out cultural difference.

Keywords:   African American television, realist aesthetics, post-network era, hyperrealism, travesty, transnational audience, industry lore, cultural difference

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