Broadcast Television Effects in A Remote Community (Lea's by Tony Charlton, Barrie Gunter, Andrew Hannan

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Although the essays are not reproduced in their entirety, only those statements have been omitted that were virtually identical not only in senti- 30 SCHULENBURG ment but also in the terms in which these sentiments were expressed. This was done solely to keep this chapter within manageable proportions despite the loss of a limited quantitative dimension. ). It is worth noting that there was no need to alter any of these essays in order to preserve anyone’s anonymity, although given the circumstances of this study it was impossible to preserve the anonymity of the school from which the pupils were drawn or the community of which they are a part.

In St. Helena, for economic considerations together with technological reasons linked to the island’s remoteness, the natural progression in the availability of the various media was transposed. The modest size of the island population offered few, if any, commercial incentives for others to provide costly satellite arrangements for television reception. Nevertheless, although the video preceded the arrival of broadcast television, other visual media arrived in a logical and expected order. Magic lantern presentations were available and popular from the 1900s onward, and the first cinematograph show was given in 1927.

Cohen (1983), Gillett (1979), a team from the Overseas Development Administration (1993), and Royle (1992); yet none of this research explored the complexities of local experiences and perceptions of community, not least with reference to informal modes of social controls. Instead, the character of St. Helenian society and culture has largely been taken for granted, not least because of long established Arcadian 2. SOCIAL CONTROLS ON ST. HELENA 29 imaginings of St. Helena as the “Island of the Blessed” (Schulenburg, in press).

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