A Prize for Bright Signals: A History of Color Television

Bright Signals: A History of Color Television(Duke University Press, 2018) by Susan Murray, associate professor of media, culture, and communication, has received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ 2019 Katherine Singer Kovács Book Award.

Bright Signals tells the story of color television within a broader cultural history of twentieth-century aesthetics. In tracing the development and commercial introduction of the medium, Murray considers the way the idea of color was debated, theorized, and monetized. 

In an interview with MCC News titled, Award-Winning Book Offers Cultural History of Color TV, Murray discusses the cultural anxiety surrounding color in the post war period, as well as how color television was marketed to the American consumer. 

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