Examining the emergence of “male-centered serials” such as Breaking Bad, Rescue Me, and Sons of Anarchy and the challenges these characters face in negotiating modern masculinities, Cable Guys: Television and Masculinity in the 21st Century analyzes how these shows combine feminist approaches to fatherhood and marriage with more traditional constructions of masculine identity that emphasize men’s role as providers.
Identifying The Television Will Be Revolutionized as a a Choice Outstanding Academic Title, Choice reviewers say: “Lotz takes the reader behind the screen and explores in great detail what is changing, why it is changing, and why these changes matter. This is a vital, timely consideration of profound changes in a critical medium.”
An updated and revised second edition was released in September 2014
Redesigning Women examines whether the multiplicity of female-centric networks and narratives renders certain gender stereotypes uninhabitable, and how dramatic portrayals of women in the late 1990s redefined narrative conventions. Redesigning Women also reveals how these changes led to narrowcasting and the ways in which the new, sophisticated portrayals of women inspire sympathetic identification while also commodifying viewers into a marketable demographic for advertisers.
An engaging and accessible introduction to the field that helps students develop deeper and more critical knowledge of media industries. Built around their original Industrialization of Culture framework, Understanding Media Industries explores the key industrial factors involved in media creation and the challenges digitization and globalization pose to existing norms.
A revised, second edition was released in January 2016.
Brings together leading television scholars to explore how shifts in television’s industrial practices and new media convergence have affected daytime soap operas, news, children’s television, made-for-TV movies, late-night talk shows, PBS, sports, syndication, and local affiliates.