As regulated public space, television is not a transactional object of thought any more. It has become so embedded in our daily lives that it has also become invisible and is no longer part of the idea debate. However, contrary to what was predicted a few years ago, it has not been overtaken by the Internet, as shown by the average duration of television viewing which continues to grow worldwide.
This article aims to decipher this powerful modern society cog, a «real cultural matrix.» By analyzing the inexhaustible interest in this media, the author underlines its social and identity impact, creating a common collective imagination. Then, she focuses on the specific case of France and its media landscape.
Audiovisual, internet, television, cultural exception, mass culture, media, collective imagination, national identity