Precarious creativity: Changing attitudes towards craft and creativity in the British independent television production sector
Author: Lee, David
Source: Creative Industries Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, 27 June 2012 , pp. 155-170(16)
Abstract:This article focuses on television workers' attitudes towards craft and creative practice within the field of factual television production in the British independent television production sector (ITPS). Based on longitudinal qualitative research, it argues that a radical shift has occurred in the professional values that television producers' associate with their creative work, by focusing on ethical and professional norms within factual television production. By considering the historical and contemporary discourse of 'craft' within this area of creative work, the article interrogates the nature of the changes that have taken place. The wider significance of these changes is also considered, through an engagement with theoretical concerns about the place of craft within late modernity, and with debates about the changes that have taken place within the political economy of independent television production. The article's findings have contextual significance within contemporary debates about creative work. Despite the celebratory policy rhetoric of the 'creative industries', the transformed production environment within contemporary British television has had a detrimental effect on skills retention and development, as well as on the potential for creativity within the industry.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2012-06-27
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