Weaving together personal memoir, social and political history, and reflecting on key moments in the history of news broadcasting and prime time entertainment, Susan Bordo opens up the 75-year-old time-capsule that is TV and illustrates what a constant companion and dominant cultural force television has been, for good and for bad, in carrying us from the McCarthy hearings and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet to Mad Men, Killing Eve, and the emergence of our first reality TV president.
Susan writes: “This book isn’t a memoir. But, like many of the books I admire (and in opposition to how I was taught to write when I was in graduate school,) I do bring myself, at various points, into the cultural/historical narrative. Here’s one of those personal reflections, which appears within my discussion of challenges—for example, by Mad Men—to the family mythologies of the 1950’s.”
TV is part of Object Lessons, a series of short, beautifully designed books about the hidden lives of ordinary things.