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Slow TV

An Analysis of Minute-by-Minute Television in Norway

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Slow TV

An Analysis of Minute-by-Minute Television in Norway

“Slow TV” refers to a form of broadcasting long events for their entire duration, preferably in real time. Popularized by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), the form became a phenomenon in 2009 after NRK’s broadcast of a seven-hour train ride between Bergen and Oslo. Since then, slow TV programming has gained traction outside of Norway on television stations around the world and via streaming services like Netflix.

In this academic study, Roel Puijk combines quantitative and qualitative research methods to explore different aspects of the Norwegian slow TV phenomenon, from the programming’s production and development to its viewing and ultimate reception. Puijk relates slow TV to media events and media tourism, discussing its effects on cultural and economic developments and its evolving relationship to local and national identity. The result is an illuminating interdisciplinary study of media innovation and its effects on contemporary culture.

250 pages | 56 color plates, 2 maps, 3 graphs | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4

Media Studies

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"One of the strengths of the book is the way perspectives on greater topics, such as the dualism of nature and culture, national identity, the concept of time, are combined with close analyses of the experience of liveness and the practical and aesthetic choices behind the productions, right down to the choice of cameras and other equipment. While three programmes are studied in detail, the book also provides an overview of developments and contextualisation, thus providing perspectives that are relevant for slow TV outside Norway, as well as television production more generally. . . . The book is richly illustrated, has a lot of informative tables, and is clearly structured and well-written throughout. . . . This will probably be the defining book on the topic since it covers so many aspects of the production, reception, contents, and aesthetics of these programmes."

Anne Gjelsvik | Critical Studies in Television

Table of Contents

Slow TV – a public service concept?
Slow TV as media event - Hurtigruten
Skibladner: Slow TV and Media Tourism
Mountain hiking – minute by minute
Audience response to slow-TV
List of interviews

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