Film Theory: Gaze (Movies) Vs. Glance (TV)

Movie Gaze Vs. TV Glance

Most movies are watched on TV.

In Cinema, it’s the gaze, an intensity of rapt attention

In TV, it’s the glance, a less sustained mode of attention

For Ellis,  this has consequ for  the kind of programming

High degree of audience attention lead to the production of tightly organized narratives in cinema (encouraging voyeurism, fetishism, drawn from psychanalytic theory)

TV programming aims at less attentive audience, tends to use open-ended, ongoing formats, divided into relatively short segments that are only loosely connected.