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Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture

 
 
 
 
Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture
Author: Philip Auslander
ISBN 13: 9780415773539
ISBN 10: 415773539
Edition: 2
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2008-02-16
Format: Paperback
Pages: 224
List Price: $47.95
 
 

Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture addresses what may be the single most important question facing all kinds of performance today. What is the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media?

Since its first appearance, Philip Auslander's ground-breaking book has helped to reconfigure a new area of study. Looking at specific instances of live performance such as theatre, rock music, sport, and courtroom testimony, Liveness offers penetrating insights into media culture, suggesting that media technology has encroached on live events to the point where many are hardly live at all. In this new edition, the author thoroughly updates his provocative argument to take into account new digital and media technologies, and cultural, social and legal developments.

In tackling some of the last great shibboleths surrounding the high cultural status of the live event, this book will continue to shape discussion and to provoke lively debate on a crucial artistic dilemma: what is live performance and what can it mean to us now?

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Looking at specific instances of theater rock music, sport, and courtroom testimony, Auslander (performance and cultural studies, Georgia Institute of Technology, US) inquires into the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media. He finds that media technology has encroached on live events to the point that many are hardly live anymore. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)