Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-02-14
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Cultureaddresses 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?

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Preface to the second editionp. xi
Introduction: "an orchid in the land of technology"p. 1
Live performance in a mediatized culturep. 10
Teevee's playhousep. 11
Is it live, or ...?p. 24
Against ontologyp. 43
Got live if you want itp. 63
Tryin' to make it real: live performance, simulation, and the discourse of authenticity in rock culturep. 73
Rock culture and the discourse of authenticityp. 74
Seeing is believingp. 85
I want my MTVp. 97
Panic Claptonp. 107
Legally live: law, performance, memoryp. 128
Teevee's courthouse, or the resistible rise of the videotape trialp. 130
You don't own me: performance as intellectual propertyp. 147
The Gollum problemp. 168
Law and remembrancep. 176
Conclusionp. 183
Bibliographyp. 188
Indexp. 201
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