Scene and Screen: Electronic Media and Theatricality

Samuel Weber

in Theatricality as Medium

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2004 | ISBN: 9780823224159
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235841 | DOI:
Scene and Screen: Electronic Media and             Theatricality

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The theater, as given by the definition in this chapter, is a place where certain significant events not limited to dramatic performances take place. These questions are then raised: how different is “theater” from “theatricality”? How does an event become “theatrical”? The word “media” is, more often than not, used to refer to the kind of media that requires electricity as an energy source: TVs, radios, and the like. Perhaps, what is specific to theater and to theatricality is that, in order to experience or take in whatever information or feeling the writer wants to convey, there has to be proximity between bodies. Through further exploring the notion of media, this chapter explains the similarities and differences between electronic media and traditional theater.

Keywords: media; theater; theatricality; electronic media; traditional theater

Chapter.  9678 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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