What Has Streaming Done to Television? Platform Interfaces and Contemporary Viewing

Presented by: Dr Elliott Logan

Date: Friday 5 March 2021
Time: 12–1pm
Location: Online via Zoom


Abstract

The scholarship on television streaming tends to discuss the medium’s transformation in the platform era by highlighting how streaming services have disrupted the television industry. In this paper, I propose instead that streaming’s impact on television as a medium is most deeply based in the user interfaces of streaming platforms, which alter the way we view, interact with, and value television programming. The paper aims to clarify the questions that are pertinent to an appreciation of these aesthetic shifts, and to demonstrate how an under-utilised essay on television aesthetics, written at an earlier moment of transition for the medium, might help us to answer them. Ultimately, I will suggest that rather than representing a disruptive break from what television used to be, streaming platforms extend and amplify qualities of attention that have distinguished television as a medium throughout its history. 


Presenter

Dr Elliott Logan is a casual academic tutor in the School of Communication and Arts. He is the author of Breaking Bad and Dignity (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), and has published a number of essays in film and television criticism. He is currently writing a book on performance in serial television drama for Rutgers University Press.

 

 

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series

 


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - What Has Streaming Done to Television? Platform Interfaces and Contemporary Viewing Dr Elliott Logan

Friday, 5 March
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Building cultural citizenship through drama: A study of The Community Theatre in Singapore Dr Natalie Lazaroo

Friday, 23 April
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Passing as White (Collar): Jim Crow’s Typewriter and the Harlem Renaissance Dr Tamlyn Avery

Friday, 7 May
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - HDR Roundtable: Ethical or exploitative? The representation of violence and trauma in literature and screen media  Bonnie Evans, Taryn Bashford, Jasmine Sandes, Meg Vann

Friday, 21 May
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Converging Professions or Practices? Shifting Dynamics in a Digital Communication World Toning Down the Antagonism Between Communication and Journalism Dr Franzisca Weder

Friday, 4 June
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Facilitating co-innovation towards sustainable livestock systems in Timor Leste – pulling out all the (communication) stops A/Prof Elske van de Fliert

Friday, 18 June
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar -  Holograms and (Dis) Embodied Intimacy in an Era of Ubiquitous Computing Dr Samantha Lindop

Friday, 6 August
1-2pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - All Scripts are Adaptations? Michael Eaton MBE

Friday, 27 August
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Chilling Effect: The law, lawyers, journalists, and editorial processes Dr Richard Murray

Friday, 10 September
12-1pm

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Mrs America’s Prosthetic Feminist Memory: The ‘Discovery’ of a Cool Feminism for Postfeminist Times Dr Marg Henderson and Dr Anthea Taylor (USyd)

Friday, 24 September
1-2pm

Online via Zoom

In coversation with Laura Elvery A/Prof Stephen Carleton

 

Venue

Online via zoom