selected writings and discussions
Since its premier in 2007, the television series Mad Men has become a cultural phenomenon. Gary Edgerton is the editor of a collection of essays that look at why a show about Madison Avenue of the 1960s has grabbed the attention of a post-9/11 audience.
In this Academic Minute, Dr. Gary Edgerton of Old Dominion University explains the popularity of one of television's hottest shows, Mad Men.
Are Smartphone Killing the Video Star? (And TV, too?)
Smartphones and computers are more than technology tools - they are rapidly becoming the go-to delivery channel for television programs, movies and even live events. On Tuesday's program, we take a look our changing television viewing habits. We'll look at how the TV entertainment experience is changing as we take our hand-held devices on the road. And we'll look at how television producers and networks are adapting (or not adapting!) to that change.
Ed Sykes - leadership, motivational and career expert with The Sykes Group, and author of "JumpStart Your Greatness: Secrets, Tools, and Tips for Achieving Success in the 21st Century"
Professor Gary Edgerton, Eminent Scholar, Professor, and Chair of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Old Dominion University
Tuning In? Television watching has been a staple in American's leisure time for decades. The past few years have brought about new technology that is changing the way we watch TV and trends in programming have altered the content. Today guest host Barbara Hamm Lee talks TV with Bill Gorman of TV by the Numbers, Professor Gary Edgerton, Professor and Chair of the Communication and Theatre Arts Department at Old Dominion University and Nick Bilton, Design Integration Editor for The New York Times. Join us!
The semiotic similarities between JFK and Don Draper are unmistakable. Each is tall, handsome, and typically turned out in a custom-made dark suit with a matching skinny tie. Their demeanors are outwardly cool but sexy; old-school handsome if a bit aloof; elegant in style while projecting a kind of ironic intelligence.
For most of the four days following 9/11, TV viewers around the world were mesmerized by unthinkable images. Television brought home to Americans especially the polarizing effects of the post-Cold War world, including the backlash of Islamic fundamentalism and the imminent threat of future terrorist attacks.
Mad Men's opening credit sequence is full of obvious and hidden clues as to what this series is all about. The program is a stylistic hybrid merging elements of Hollywood movies and television programs from the late 1950s along with TV's contemporaneous "quality" dramas of today.
Since the first TV screens lit up homes across the country in the mid 1940's, American television has reflected, and sometimes dictated, changes within our society. ODU professor Dr. Gary Edgerton has chronicled the development and cultural relevance of television in American lives in his recently released book, The Columbia History of American Television.
Even with the astronomical rise of the Internet over the last decade, television is still the centerpiece of culture for most Americans. The average U.S. household keeps the TV set turned on 8 hours and 11 minutes a day in 2005. In addition, computer use (the combination of web browsing, e-mail, and software interactions) is up to 3 hours and 6 minutes a day. Media consumption in general is currently the number one daily activity in the United States (more so than work, school, or even sleep). The superabundance of media in the digital era is truly unprecedented, and so is the challenge that it poses. More than anything else, living in a world of digital media means coping with a diversity of new situations and being able to negotiate that world with the widest possible repertoire of communication skills and technologies.
This week we explore the work of Ken Burns in presenting our history on film. Our guest is Gary Edgerton. Airdate: September 8, 2003
The National Endowment for the Arts is encouraging all of us to read or re-read Harper Lee's 1960 novel, that presents the Jim Crow south through the eyes of a young girl. Gary Edgerton (Old Dominion University) and Ted McCosky ( Radford University) explain why the film that came out just two years after the novel is still considered iconic and beloved. Ed Weathers (Virginia Tech) says that the book was the last great work of literature concerned with our legal system.
Journalists armed with videophones and satellite links spent the second Gulf War alongside U.S. soldiers, sending back real-time accounts of combat. The Pentagon opened up the embedded journalist program because news organizations complained that coverage of the 1991 Gulf War was limited to media briefings and carefully screened video footage. Communications professor Gary Edgerton (ODU) says there was more live footage of the first two days of the recent war then in all of Operation Desert Storm, but that doesn't mean television viewers got a complete picture.
Recent box-office hits like U-571 and Saving Private Ryan as well as classic films like From Here to Eternity and The Sands of Iwo Jima make it clear that Americans love to watch soldiers fight the Second World War in the movies. But films don't always bother to make sure their history is correct; they distort and change the story for the sake of drama.