Television has been the subject of research in politics, culture, education, and ecomy, but very little has been said so far about its potential for creating new forms of art. Is television capable at all of creating serious art, or is it just a means of amusement and communication? This collection of articles discusses the aesthetic aspect of television, maintaining the claim that television bears its own unique artistic potentials. Examinations of various aspects and features of television in comparison to other forms of art, as well as analyses of specific television programs consolidate this claim. This book includes an introduction by the editor, Ruth Lorand, and articles by scholars from universities situated in different cultural and political settings: Germina Nagat, Alexander Nehamas, David Goldblatt, Eddy Zemach, Kathleen Marie Higgins, Andrew Ballantyne, Eran Guter, Rob van Gerwen, Katya Mandoki, Sally Banes, and Charles Leech.
The Editor: Ruth Lorand is Chair of the Department of Philosophy, the University of Haifa. A professor of philosophy, she has published mainly in aesthetics and issues of concerning order and disorder. Her recent book is Aesthetic Order - A Philosophy of Order, Beauty and Art (2000).