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Se feedback loop could be created AS VIEWER RESPONSES COULD ACTUALLY viewer responses could actually shape episodes or executives could push at the viewers Over time television developed a spiky affectionate self consciousness that was reflective of any newly energized art form that is television shows were making fun of television enres That initial model however is slightly less relevant today because of changes in tv distribution by satellite channels and streaming services Nonetheless Nussbaum critiued approximately 30 shows in her essays She panned a few shows but mostly she presented impassioned defenses of many other shows that had not Blindsided garnered critical acclaim Nussbaum asserted that critics dismissals of some shows on aestheticrounds really masked their biases that ran along ender class race and sexuality lines A handful of essays were utterly fantastic as they were about the rise of the anti heroes These included Archie Bunker The Sopranos and Sex and the City I also liked her analyses of class and race for Middle and Black ish I was interested in her description of how tv distribution was changing the types of shows being made and how advertisers were pushing for subtle product placements Nussba. She was a raduate student studying Victorian literature What followed was a love affair with television an education and a fierce debate about whose work On the Run gets to be called “great” that led Nussbaum to a trailblazing career as a critic whose reviews said so much about our culture than just what’sood on television Through these pieces she traces the evolution of female protagonists over the last decade the complex role of sexual violence on TV and what to do about art when the artist is revealed to be a monster And she explores the links between the television antihero and the rise of Do. So The Price Of Blood (Phil Broker, good I almost wanted too back and watch Sex and the City how Emily Nussbaum did I began to think of my job with a randiosity that was motivational but frankly a little nuts as a mission Television deserved a critical stance less hobbled by shame a language that treated television as its own viable force not the weak sibling to superior mediums It s this crazy passion of Emily Nussbaum for television that pulled me into her book even though I m not an avid tv viewer I haven t seen the overwhelming majority of the shows Nussbaum discussed I had even nixed my satellite tv subscription nearly two years ago Why read I Like to Watch then Because some tv

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enter the zeitgeist and then become inescapable And because her insightful essays expose our current cultural realities and are just fun to readAbout 20 years ago Nussbaum began to advocate that television is an art form worthy of serious evaluation She came up with a model to explain how television was distinctive from other art forms Shows were made by multiple parties in response to dictates from on high specifically from paying advertisers laying out their terms to network executives Because of tv s episodic laying out their terms to network executives Because of tv s episodic a messily inten. From The New Yorker’s fiercely original Pulitzer Prize–winning culture critic a provocative collection of new and previously published essays arguing that we are what we watchFrom her creation of the first “Approval Matrix” in New York magazine in 2004 to her Pulitzer Prize–winning columns for The New Yorker Emily Nussbaum has known all along that what we watch is who we are In this collection including two never before published essays Nussbaum writes about her passion for television that began with stumbling upon Buffy the Vampire Slayer a show that was so much than it appeared while. ,
Um penned a long essay called Confessions of a Human Shield in which she raised the uestion what should we Confessions of a Human Shield in which she raised the uestion what should we with the art of bad men This included her reflections on differing responses to men s criminal treatment of women in the wake of Harvey Weinstein and the MeToo movement It was thought provoking as I considered my own stance But I m far less conflicted than Nussbaum and by the end I wasn t sure what her final conclusions were for herself I m still not interested in watching many of the shows included in her anthology but I might eventually et of the SHOWS INCLUDED IN HER ANTHOLOGY BUT included in her anthology but might eventually et to two or so I wasn t swayed by her apologist s eulogy for Joan Rivers I also would have liked a longer piece for The Americans I m sure that others would rate this collection higher because of their tv viewership35 Stars The Tao of TellyWhat a collection of perfection in perceptive criticism and thought from the incredible Emily Nussbaum culture critic for The Witty and conversational I Like to Watch charts American television s rise to cultural prestige and power over the past three decades Exploring the intersection of the medium and race class and ender Nussbaum touches upon everything from the aesthetics of feminist television shows to the. Nald TrumpThe book is than a collection of essays With each piece Nussbaum recounts her fervent search over fifteen years for a new kind of criticism that resists the false hierarchy that elevates one form of culture over another It traces her own struggle to punch through stifling notions of “prestige television” searching for a wilder and freer and varied idea of artistic ambition one that acknowledges many types of beauty and complexity and that opens to varied voices It’s a book that celebrates television as television even as each year warps the definition of just what that might mean. I Like to Watch Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution