The New Golden Age of Television

Sunday, September 30, 2018

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They called it a “vast wasteland” in the 1960s, but TV is very different today. Freedom from the broadcast schedule means TV makers can create longer, more complex, more philosophical stories, while binge-watching and on-demand viewing have changed the way we see those stories. Josh and Ken talk to philosophers and others about television's new golden age.

  • Alexander Nehamas on serious watching
  • Katherine Tullmann on Game of Thrones
  • Jorah Dannenberg on Westworld
  • Pamela Hieronymi on The Good Place (where she worked as a philosophical consultant!)

Plus suggestions from listeners like you.

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Harold G. Neuman

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 -- 3:31 PM

Hope you are right about a

Hope you are right about a new golden age for television. I guess I missed the first one, even though I grew up during its' tenure. Is 'modern' television more complex; more intellectual; more philosophical? I just don't know. Seems to me that there was a time, not so long ago, when a show about black people, called 'Blackish', would have been insulting to Black people, even when they were calling each other the infamous "N' word. Now,I have tried to watch and appreciate the new TV. It just hasn't worked out for me, though. Which is why (I guess) I continue to write...talk to people...engage with society. generally, and avoid television---much as I have done since, uh, 1972, or there about(s). Popular culture is so, fickle???

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britch

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 -- 5:18 PM

The golden age of television

The golden age of television was that time, just before its national rollout, when it was filled with potential and had not yet reached its kinetics.

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Alexander Nehamas, Princeton University


Katherine Tullmann, Northern Arizona University


Jorah Dannenberg, Stanford University


Pamela Hieronymi, UCLA (photo: Gerard Vong)

 
 

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