“They’re My Two Favourites” versus “The Bigger Scheme of Things” : pro-Am historians remember Australian television

McKee, Alan & Keating, Chris (2012) “They’re My Two Favourites” versus “The Bigger Scheme of Things” : pro-Am historians remember Australian television. In Darian-Smith, Kate & Turnbull, Sue (Eds.) Remembering Television : Histories, Technologies, Memories. Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle Upon Tyne, pp. 52-73.

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This chapter reports on eleven interviews with Pro-Am archivists of Australian television which aimed to find out how they decide what materials are important enough to archive. Interviewees mostly choose to collect materials in which they have a personal interest. But they are also aware of the relationship between their own favourites and wider accounts of Australian television history, and negotiate between these two positions. Most interviewees acknowledged Australian television’s links with British and American programming, but also felt that Australian television is distinctive. They argued that Australian television history is ignored in a way that isn’t true for the UK or the US. Several also argued that Australian television has had a ‘naïve’ nature that has allowed it to be more experimental.

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ID Code: 54554
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Australian television, television history, popular collecting
ISBN: 9781443839709
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Media Studies (200104)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Alan McKee & Chris Keating
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2012 03:06
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2017 09:09

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