Large, sleek, slim, stylish flat screens: Privatized space and the televisual experience
Faculty of Education and Arts
School of Communications and Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications
This paper is an analysis of recent print media/magazine advertisements featuring home theatre systems and Plasma as well as LCD televisions in Australia. In their promotion of large new flat television screens, the paper reveals how advertisers highlight the social atomization of space by creating private, isolated cinematic spaces where television viewing is privatized. As a consequence, broadcasting as a collective shared experience is diminished. The focus on the isolated viewer who can personalize and atomize his or her viewing experience privileges a form of privatization (Williams, 1974, 26–27) that stresses the “self-sufficient” home, enabled through a kind of technological mobility. My main argument is that the advertisements signify a privatized individual viewer. Rarely do they suggest that television watching is also a social and collective experience.