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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 01 edition (29 Jan. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623563119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623563110
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 1.6 x 16.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 273 customer reviews
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The remote control encourages us to take it for granted. It's ubiquitous but easy to misplace. An essential convenience but still an overly complicated nuisance. But in this compelling history, Caetlin Benson-Allott places remote controls at the center of our media universe, demonstrating how profoundly these devices shape contemporary media practices and our everyday lives. You'll never surf the same way again.
- Jason Mittell, Professor of Film & Media Culture, Middlebury College, USA, and author of Television and American Culture

While promising control, the remote often fails to recognize commands or deliver our desires. Caetlin Benson-Allott shows how the history of the remote, including its affordances and burdensome proliferations, can help us better understand contemporary media technologies. --- Michele White, Associate Professor of Communication, Tulane University, USA, and author of Buy It Now: Lessons from eBay

About the Author

Caetlin Benson-Allott is Associate Professor of English at Georgetown University, USA. She is the author of Killer Tapes and Shattered Screens: Video Spectatorship from VHS to File Sharing (University of California Press, 2013) and of a column on film and new media in Film Quarterly.

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