Amazon Town TV

Amazon Town TV

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In 1983, anthropologist Richard Pace began his fieldwork in the Amazonian community of GurupAi one year after the first few television sets arrived. On a nightly basis, as the communitya€™s electricity was turned on, he observed crowds of people lining up outside open windows or doors of the few homes possessing TV sets, intent on catching a glimpse of this fascinating novelty. Stoic, mute, and completely absorbed, they stood for hours contemplating every message and image presented. So begins the cultural turning point that is the basis of Amazon Town TV, a rich analysis of GurupAi in the decades during and following the spread of television. Pace worked with sociologist Brian Hinote to explore the sociocultural implications of televisiona€™s introduction in this community long isolated by geographic and communication barriers. They explore how viewers change their daily routines to watch the medium; how viewers accept, miss, ignore, negotiate, and resist media messages; and how televisiona€™s influence works within the local cultural context to modify social identities, consumption patterns, and worldviews.In the darkness of the Amazon night, afloat on a small tributary of the Amazon River, I sat in the middle of a wooden canoe as it glided ... Benedito, 2 a forty- yearold subsistence farmer and timber extractor who lived in the rural interior of the municipality of Gurupa. ... so because it was a foreign production about their home.

Title:Amazon Town TV
Author:Richard Pace, Brian P. Hinote
Publisher:University of Texas Press - 2013-05-15


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