New television narratives: Entertainment, telling, citizenship, experimental

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Television, narrative, aesthetic, entertainment, identities, citizenships, new media, sensibilities

Abstract

Broadcasting and industrial television is a trip back to the past, to a space devoid of meaning, and to the boredom resulting from its moral conservatism, lack of creativity, thought and entertainment. But television’s monopoly over public screening is over; now, anyone can be a producer, an audiovisual narrator with his or her own screen. New television and other screens are daring to change the way stories are told: a more subjective, testimonial and imagebased journalism; a hyperrealist soap opera that dares to bring melodrama to comedy, documentary and local cultures; a bottom-up media with people in charge of breaking with the thematic and political homogeneity of the media, market and development machines. This essay will argue in favor of television as a space for expression by unstable identities, narrative experiments and unknown possibilities for audiovisual creation…only if «it takes the form» of women, indigenous peoples, African races, the environment, other sexualities…and plays on YouTube and new screens that are community-based and cellular. The most important thing is for television to move away from an obsession with content towards aesthetic and narrative explorations of other identities and into narratives that are more «collaboractive», with the possibility that they become the stories we want them to be.

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Rincón, O. (2011). New television narratives: Entertainment, telling, citizenship, experimental. [Nuevas narrativas televisivas: Relajar, entretener, contar, ciudadanizar, experimentar]. Comunicar, 36, 43-50. https://doi.org/10.3916/C36-2011-02-04

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