In this episode, we discuss television and epistemology in a global pandemic: How do we know TV and how do we know through TV? What are the implications of people tuning in more and more to TV to attempt to gain knowledge (and cope with that knowledge) of the pandemic? What sorts of knowledges (or ignorances) might emerge, in various ways, from various genres on TV—not only news/documentary/public affairs but drama, comedy, fantasy, reality programming, etc.? What are the power effects of TV's production of knowledge and ignorance? How can we attempt to know television without just reproducing its own strategies, power dynamics, and blindspots?
Guest scholars: Herman Gray, Amelie Hastie, Taylor Cole Miller, Laurie Ouellette. Host: Lynne Joyrich.
For more on the participants, see http://www.aca-media.org/pandemic-tv