State of Play
Contemporary 'High-end' TV Drama, Paperback
Robin Nelson's "State of Play" updates and develops the arguments of his
influential TV drama "In Transition" (1997). It is equally distinctive in
setting analysis of the aesethetics and compositional principles of texts
within a broad conceptual framework (technologies, institutions, economics,
cultural trends). Tracing "the great value shift from conduit to content"
(Todreas, 1999), Nelson is relatively optimistic about the future quality of TV
drama in a global market-place. But, characteristically taking up questions of
worth where others have avoided them, Nelson recognizes that certain types of
"quality" are privileged for viewers able to pay, possibly at the expense of
viewer preference worldwide for "local" resonances in television.