Television: A Biography

David Thomson
In a discussion of his new book, acclaimed film critic David Thomson examines one of history’s most momentous inventions – television – and its evolution and impact on contemporary American society over the past 60 years.
Thursday, December 1, 2016
6:30 pm
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Few inventions have had as much effect on contemporary American society as television. Think I Love Lucy, All in the Family, a nation gathered in communal grief after the Kennedy assassination and later in horror over 9/11.
In a discussion of his new book Television: A Biography, acclaimed film critic David Thomson examines the evolution of this pervasive medium over the past 60 years – from fixed-time programming on a finite number of channels to today’s array of on-demand, multi-platform content – and its substantial impact on the collective consciousness.
Thomson, a frequent contributor to The New York Times, The Guardian, and other outlets, also is the author of The Biographical Dictionary of Film and Moments That Made the Movies.

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