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Television at Work: Industrial Media and American Labor

Kit Hughes


This book explores how work, television, and waged labor come to have meaning in our everyday lives. However, it is not an analysis of workplace sitcoms or quality dramas. Instead, it explores the forgotten history of how American private sector workplaces used television in the twentieth century. It traces how, at the hands of employers, television physically and psychically managed workers and attempted to make work meaningful under the sign of capitalism. It also shows how the so-called domestic medium helped businesses shape labor relations and information architectures foundational to the ... More

Keywords: narrowcasting, immediacy, time-shifting, flow, Post-Fordism, labor, audience labor, video, satellite, CCTV

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190855789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190855789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kit Hughes, author
Assistant Professor of Media and Visual Culture, Colorado State University