Episode 55: Late ’80s Boomer Nostalgia on/for TV

This week join Jonathan, Andrew, & Steve as Jonathan introduces the potential significance of nostalgia that occurred on U.S. television beginning in the late 1980s. Using the shows The Wonder Years, Quantum Leap, and Dream On as case studies the guys discuss and debate the significance of nostalgia not only for a childhood but a childhood that grew in parallel with a particular medium (TV). Also, enjoy as Jonathan and Steve argue over Mike Post’s Quantum Leap theme.

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Episode 54: All In The Family, Part 02

This week join Steve and Jonathan as they continue their discussion of the groundbreaking US sitcom, All In The Family. We discuss it’s transition from All In the Family to Archie Bunker’s Place, what other shows tried to fill the void, what shows today attempt to take on its themes, and whether the show could be re-done today to address our newest president…

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Episode 54: All In The Family, Part 01

This week join Steve and Jonathan as they discuss the groundbreaking US sitcom, All In The Family. Why it worked, in what ways is it a product of the 1970s and in what ways is it timeless? We’ll even tip-toe toward whether the show could be re-done today to address our newest president…

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Episode 53: MacGyver

This week Andrew and Steve school Jonathan on appreciating the rare delicacy that is Richard Dean Anderson’s MacGyver. What lies at the heart of the show’s appeal? How exactly was this action hero different from all the others from the 1980s? And of course, does anyone have a paper clip? All this and more as Andrew deep dives into the kind of high stakes adventure only the Fonz could produce.

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Episode 52 – The Second Golden Age, Flow, and that Last Mile

This week it is all hands on deck as Steve, Jonathan, and Andrew discuss the second golden age of television, how the concept of “flow” fits into it, and whether the consumer is cheated by those who own “that last mile.” Come along as we return to our first “traditional” episode of the new year and please join us for what we feel is a riveting round table discussion.

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Stuart Allan’s essay on Raymond Williams and The Culture of Televisual Flow: link

From Wired: The Science Behind What You’ll Watch Next on Netflix (2013): link

About Comcast Quietly Implementing Data Caps: link

More about Data Caps from ARS Technica: link

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Episode 51 – Presidential Inaugurations

This week we present a special solo episode from Andrew on the topic of Presidential Inaugurations on television. Bundle up, brave those cold Washington winds, and stir your patriotic heart for the role of television in our established ritual for the beginning of our elected official’s four-year term.

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Check out the Decades network special on presidential inaugurations: link

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Episode 50 – Changing Forms of Nostalgia

This week join Jonathan as he provides a bite-sized portion of Inside the Box on the topic of the changing forms of nostalgia. He briefly discusses yesterday’s TV reunion industry, how it looked and happened versus today’s Netflix-based reunion programs and soft reboots. This topic is both silly and serious as it looks at the type of escapist, comfort-food TV that today beccomes not a singular, ephemeral event, but a standardized and pre-configured ongoing business strategy.

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Episode 49 – Getting a National Shot

This week join Jonathan as he provides a bite-sized portion of Inside the Box on the topic of regional successes who got their shot at national exposure. This topic reveals a particular era in television history that has changed today during a time of niche cultures and YouTube stardom. Jonathan discusses three case studies from the late 1980s and early 1990s that show the delicate balance between regional sensibilities and perspectives and how the national networks interpret and promote them.

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Episode 48 – TV During World War II

This week join Andrew as he leads a discussion with Steve and Jonathan about how TV was used not before, not after, but during World War II. Contrary to popular belief the then new medium was at least thought about as another technology to be harnessed during the war effort. We also discuss how the rudimentary uses of TV in the immediate post-war era is surprisingly similiar to how we use it today.

NBC Newsreel from Eisenhower’s return to NYC: link

Life Magazine’s photo coverage of Eisenhower’s return: link

A wonderful site titled Early Television Museum from which we borrowed some images: link

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Episode 47 – The Mouth of the South

This week join Steve as he weaves a tale of one man’s drive to not only see A future, but to see multiple futures and gamble big on being in control of it all. This one has family drama, high stakes media wagers, big money, celebrity romance, and the changing of the very media landscape itself. Oh, and Jonathan says “yup” a lot and tends to agree with most of what Steve’s saying.

Two great weblinks about the man and his accomplishments:

Atlanta Magazine: link

Jack Doyle: link

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