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Festive television in the socialist world: From media events to media holidays

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posted on 19.07.2016, 08:25 by Simon Huxtable, Sabina MiheljSabina Mihelj, Alice Bardan, Sylwia Szostak
This article focuses on the ways in which socialist television sought to create a sense of extraordinary temporality out of the ordinary through its coverage of historical commorations, national days, and secular and religious festivities. To do so, it develops the notion of ‘media holidays’, which draws on Dayan and Katz’s seminal notion of media events, and the work of other scholars of media ritual to show the ways in which socialist television created extraordinary temporalities through scheduling. Drawing on schedule analysis and archival documents, the article compares the cases of television in East Germany, the Soviet Union, and Yugoslavia. It examines a number of different kinds of media holiday on socialist television, and shows how different kinds of holidays and commemoration were marked with different kinds of programming in which entertainment played an important role.

History

School

  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Journal of Popular Television

Volume

5

Issue

1

Citation

HUXTABLE, S. ...et al., 2017. Festive television in the socialist world: From media events to media holidays. Journal of Popular Television, 5 (1), pp. 49-67.

Publisher

© Intellect Ltd

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

09/06/2016

Publication date

2017-04-01

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Journal of Popular Television and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1386/jptv.5.1.49_1

ISSN

2046-9861

Language

en