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Anthony Curtis Adler

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823270798

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823270798.001.0001

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The life not ours to live

The life not ours to live

(p.21) 2 The life not ours to live

Anthony Curtis Adler

Fordham University Press

This chapter seeks to understand televisionary existence, with its complex schedule of moods, as the rhythmic organization of a life, indeed a multiplicity of lives that are not ours to live and yet in a certain sense still ours not to live. Rejecting the premise that there is fundamentally just one life to live not only calls into question the opposition of authenticity and inauthenticity that structures Heidegger’s analytic of Dasein but indeed undermines a presupposition that remains latent even in many deconstructive and poststructuralist accounts of television, and also in every attempt to conceive of the logic of television through a romantic dialectics of irony.

Keywords:   authenticity, cartoon, irony, mood, quality television, reality show

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