Turn Me On, Dead Media

  title={Turn Me On, Dead Media},
  author={Jacob Smith},
  journal={Television \& New Media},
  pages={531 - 551}
  • Jacob Smith
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Sociology
  • Television & New Media
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