- The Oxford Handbook of Film and Media Studies
- Digital Media and the Future of Filmic Narrative
- The Latest Laocoön: Medium Specificity and the History of Film Theory
- Visual Media and the Tyranny of the Real
- Radical Aspirations Historicized: The European Commitment to Political Documentary
- Loss of Light: The Long Shadow of Photography in the Digital Age
- Media Celebrity in the Age of the Image
- Film Genre Theory and Contemporary Media: Description, Interpretation, Intermediality
- Gilda: Textual Analysis, Political Economy, and Ethnography
- Television's First Seventy-five Years: The Interpretive Flexibility of a Medium in Transition
- “The End of TV As We Know It”: Convergence Anxiety, Generic Innovation, and the Case of 24
- Screen Practice and Conglomeration: How Reflexivity and Conglomeration Fuel Each Other
- The Chinese Action Image and Postmodernity
- When Cute Becomes Scary: The Young Female in Contemporary Japanese Horror Cinema
- Asian Film and Digital Culture
- Popular Cinema and the “New” Media in India
- Dreaming with Open Eyes: Latin American Media in the Digital Age
- The Globalization of Filmmaking in Latin America and the Middle East
- Computers and Cultural Studies
- Film and Media Studies Pedagogy
- Copyright, Fair Use, and Motion Pictures
- Evolution of Modern-Day Independent Filmmaking
- The Digital Revolution
Abstract and Keywords
This article takes a look at the early history of television, which is usually overshadowed by the assumptions of the primacy of film as a moving-image medium and the efforts to stabilize the medium. The article begins with a discussion of the origins of television and provides a working definition of the term “television.” It then outlines the history of television and identifies who invented television. The concept of interpretive flexibility and the possible sequence of the arrival of television and film are discussed.
William Uricchio is professor and director of comparative media studies at MIT and professor of comparative media history at Utrecht University in the Netherlands.
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