Part of the Family: Australian Histories of Television, Migration and Memory

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Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
Remembering Television: Histories, Technologies, Memories, 2012, 1, pp. 30 - 51
Issue Date:
2012-01
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Television is both a ubiquitous and powerful presence in everyday life. The content of its programs have deeply penetrated our cultural imaginations, and program scheduling and viewing practices serve to structure our daily routines and behaviours. The intimacy of television as a domestic medium situates it within the mundane and subliminal "ordinariness" of our lives, in ways that may be perceived to be outside the reaim of national history and historical processes. Yet, from its technologies to its programming production and audience reception, television is an historical phenomenon, and the complexities of television culture can only be understood within their historical moment. This history of television is relatively short in Australia. It is usually dated from 1956, with the first broadcasts in Sydney and Melbourne-although access to television was delayed for those living elsewhere. The introduction of television, in itself an historical moment, was then followed by its "domestication" into the home and family.
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