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A (premature) eulogy of broadcasting: the sense of the ending of television

Milly Buonanno


The vanishing centrality of broadcast television has turned into a key issue within contemporary media studies, thus making the end of television a familiar trope in scholarly discourses and opening the way to a redefinition of the present-day phase in terms of post-broadcast era. Besides recognizing that there are plenty of places in the world where the broadcast era is still alive, this article makes the claim that the discoursive formation of the passing of television as we knew it may offer media scholar-ship the opportunity to assume the viewpoint of the end as the privileged perspective from which the broadcast era can be looked at anew, eventually acknowledging the reasons why it is liable to be praised rather than buried.


Broadcasting; narrowcasting; microcasting; digital; convergence

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.1982-8160.v9i1p67-86

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