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British Youth TelevisionCynicism and Enchantment$
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Karen Lury

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159704

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159704.001.0001

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The ‘Television Presenter’: The Post-modern Performer

The ‘Television Presenter’: The Post-modern Performer

(p.111) 5 The ‘Television Presenter’: The Post-modern Performer
British Youth Television

Karen Lury

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how to encapsulate, in any useful form, the kind of experience that Generation X gave, accrued by years of watching. It notes that watching and interpreting television text and television performances is articulated by an ongoing passive/active participation, and by the encroachment of years of television viewing. It evaluates the performances of yoof presenters, particularly Chris Evans, as well as their influence on their audience. It notes that all performers and performances demonstrate or reveal some aspects of the wider culture; post-modern performers such as Evans reflect many of the anxieties and concerns experienced by Generation X. It explains that, in their performance, they demonstrate and articulate a way of both revelling in, and sneering at, the world of celebrities and television itself.

Keywords:   television presenter, post-modern, Chris Evans, yoof presenters, culture, Generation X

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