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Taking PlaceLocation and the Moving Image$
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John David Rhodes and Elena Gorfinkel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816665167

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816665167.001.0001

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On the Grounds of Television

On the Grounds of Television

Chapter:
(p.339) 15 On the Grounds of Television
Source:
Taking Place
Author(s):

Meghan Sutherland

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816665167.003.0015

This chapter examines the representation of place on television, arguing for the need to think outside the bounds of the materialist-simulationist dichotomy. It offers a reconceptualization of television that moves away from canonical accounts of this medium’s derealization of place. It argues for an understanding of the vital role that the image of place serves (both materially and rhetorically) in the televisual representation of disaster as a means of providing an always-contingent but nevertheless indispensable grounds for the representation of the social world. Bringing together Immanuel Kant, Ernesto Laclau, 9/11, and Hurricane Katrina, the chapter provides a new way of understanding television and a new way of understanding place.

Keywords:   television, place, disaster, social world, Immanuel Kant, Ernesto Laclau, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina

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