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Columbo: Paying Attention 24/7

David Martin-Jones


Columbo is fifty years old. A global smash in the 1970s, it is now a cult favourite. Why this enduring popularity? Is it solely Peter Falk’s iconic performance? In fact, Columbo reveals how our current globalized world – of 24/7 capital, invasive surveillance, and online labour – emerged in the late Twentieth Century. Columbo illuminates how our attention is channelled, via technologies like television and computers, to influence how we think and act. Columbo emerged alongside shows like Kojak and The Rockford Files. But re-viewing Columbo today reveals how contemporary hits – from Elementary ... More

Keywords: Columbo, attention, attention economy, Peter Falk, 1970s Television, Performance, Technology, Los Angeles, Detective

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781474479790
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474479790.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Martin-Jones, author
University of Glasgow