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The myth of total video Stangel, Monika M.


Originally known as the visual component of the televisual signal, video has since evolved into a number of devices and cultural practices. This thesis traces these various evolutions and creates an ontological and historical topography of the medium's fluid nature. It also examines the influence of video on the realism of television and cinematic representations, as well as the production and viewing practices involved in their creation and reception. After a general overview of video's historiography, various formats and numerous practices in chapter 1, chapter 2 investigates the medium's correlation with television and its influence upon the status of reality on TV. Chapter 3 examines the changing face of cinematic realism in the context of video's rampant development and its infiltration of feature film production and viewing, and examines a number of films that have incorporated video both formalistically and narratively over the past two decades. I conclude with a general overview of the major points and provide a working definition of the multifaceted medium that is video.

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