The worst television is better than no television

  • Felipe de Castro Muanis Universidade Federal Fluminense
Keywords: Quality television, content, producerly text, hermeneutics


The discussion of a program quality by means of a communication process with its viewer makes generalizations impossible. The constant criticism to television refers, primarily, to its contents, but it is also form, broadcasting, medium and a communi-cation process through which the audience can interrelate in a hermeneutical style, taking Gadamer’s theory — which advocates that one interprets something from one’s own history and experience. If what is said on television is more important than what is shown, then its quality is less in its content and more in its capacity to create communication and generate discussion between its viewers and society, although the latter frequently addresses programs as being low quality.


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Author Biography

Felipe de Castro Muanis, Universidade Federal Fluminense
Doutor em Comunicação Social pela UFMG com passagem pela Bauhaus Universität-Weimar. Professor adjunto de televisão e mídias digitais do Departamento de Cinema e Vídeo - UFF. Professor do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Comunicação e Coordenador do Laboratório Iconoscópio. Jornalista, diretor de arte e ilustrador filiado à SIB, Sociedade dos Ilustradores do Brasil.
How to Cite
Muanis, F. (2015). The worst television is better than no television. MATRIZes, 9(1), 87-101.