Please join me in spreading the word about this great book, “Popular Television in Eastern Europe During and Since Socialism,” that just came out from Routledge. Mine is chapter 8. I know it’s being said quite often, that books “fill gaps” in the literature, but really, this one does.
What is really exciting for me about it is that this chapter used to be my undergraduate thesis. A very rough version of it, of course, but the research and conceptualization for it started in 2001. It is quite satisfying to see it in print.
Here is the description to the book:
This collection of essays responds to the recent surge of interest in popular television in Eastern Europe. This is a region where television’s transformation has been especially spectacular, shifting from a state-controlled broadcast system delivering national, regional, and heavily filtered Western programming to a deregulated, multi-platform, transnational system delivering predominantly American and Western European entertainment programming. Consequently, the nations of Eastern Europe provide opportunities to examine the complex interactions among economic and funding systems, regulatory policies, globalization, imperialism, popular culture, and cultural identity.This collection will be the first volume to gather the best writing, by scholars across and outside the region, on socialist and postsocialist entertainment television as a medium, technology, and institution.