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Reviewed by Randy B. Lichtman for Readers' Favorite
David C. Tice demonstrates his vast knowledge about the television industry from many perspectives in The Genius Box: How the 'Idiot Box' Got Smart & Is Changing the Television Business. It is clear that he has a great deal of expertise on the subject, especially in the area of market research within the television field. His book examines the field through many perspectives: audience, content providers, advertisers, researchers, manufacturers, and governmental. It is clearly a very well researched book and brings a great deal of information especially to professionals in the field.
Since this is more of a textbook in its depth of information and style, it is not light reading. If you are looking for a trivia book on television episodes, this is not the one you want. With that in mind, the book is especially relevant to those who are in the media or marketing industries. Understanding the history of television and understanding where it is today is especially relevant with social media and online advertising affecting the effectiveness of television advertising. I found the chapter on advertising especially to be valuable to anyone who uses television advertising as part of their marketing strategy. The book is very much up to date with citations, including issues of net neutrality, which became important issues in early 2018.
Anyone involved professionally with television, in one of the roles mentioned earlier, will find this book to be extremely complete in looking at television from the various perspectives. Mr. Tice ends the book by considering the future of television. Based on his thorough research, he certainly has earned the credibility throughout the book to make those predictions. Overall, an excellent book on the continually changing “genius box”.