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Five reasons why Boston Legal is quite probably the best programme on TV

Copyright:  Stephen Crofts   First of all, there’s so much in it.  Take the TV hour (probably 42 minutes) of last night’s episode (Channel 7, 8 September 2008).  In terms of intellectual substance, it includes legal and ethical debate, plus … Continue reading

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What is the ‘everyday’ of everyday television?

I was reading Patrice Petro’s Aftershocks of the New (2002) this morning since I’m working on a paper about distraction and boredom and I came across this: …this collection hopes to contribute to the larger task of restoring richness, complexity … Continue reading

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Guy Rundle and Nazi Television

Guy Rundle is without doubt the one of the finest political and cultural commentator/journalists working today. His coverage of the US elections for the Australian electronic magazine Crikey is worth the price of subscription alone. A couple of things he’s … Continue reading

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Peter Oborne: the finest voice in broadcasting

Sound can be crucial to our experience of screen: it can extend textures and meaning, deepen space, enhance or question the sense of what we see. As a regular radio listener (although it has to be said my consumption of … Continue reading

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2008

Screenaesthetics.com has been on a bit of a break since launching in October: this is mostly because I have been caught up in various things to do with moving from one job to another. In 2008 the site will be a … Continue reading

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Half Life 2, Episode 2

Generally speaking when we look at an artwork it is as a discrete unit. For sure there are the vast webs of connections (say, with culture, tradition, other instances in the same oeuvre, genre and so and so on) that … Continue reading

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Criticism Proof?

Tarantino’s latest creation has been a box-office disappointment and I must admit, after not really being sure what to make of it myself, I did become addicted to wading through discussion forums to gauge other viewer’s responses. Originally made to … Continue reading

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Gore, law and making judgments

One of my favourite pieces by Victor Perkins has to be his account of the book-tearing scene in Dead Poets Society. (As far as I know this has not been published but Victor has presented it to various audiences, for … Continue reading

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Judgment and Screen

Serendipity: as it turns out the first day I start posting here the esteemed British journal, Screen publishes a debate about judgment and television. The issue is here but you’ll need some kind of subscription to access it: the relevant … Continue reading

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Some introductions: or, a bunch of people to thank for setting this site up

The idea for this site has been a long time coming ( 3 years) and was only retarded by my total lack of experience with web publishing. Here are some peeps to thank for making it happen when it did: … Continue reading

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