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Author: Michele Hilmes
Publisher: Boston, MA : Wadsworth Cengage Learning, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 3rd edView all editions and formats
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'Only Connect' is a comprehensive history of American broadcasting, from its earliest days in radio, through the rise of television, to the current era of digital media and the Internet.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michele Hilmes
ISBN: 0495570516 9780495570516 1424069297 9781424069293 1424069289 9781424069286
OCLC Number: 436029867
Description: xvi, 496 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Making history. The power of history --
It flows two ways --
Connection : seeing through the Fifties --
History = the past + historiography --
Historical erasures --
History and nation --
Our way --
Borders and identities --
Connection : the strange case of Dr. Brinkley. 2. Before broadcasting. Social context : the progressive era --
Immigration and nativism --
Progressive intervention, popular resistance --
The war to end all wars --
The rise of popular media --
The press and magazines --
Advertising agencies --
Music, Vaudeville, and film --
Sports and spectacle --
Progression and repression --
The invention of mass culture --
High and low in the culture wars --
Connection : the scandal of jazz --
From radiotelegraphy to the wireless --
Connection : radio hackers : Hugo Gernsback and Hiram Percy Maxim. 3. Broadcasting begins, 1919 to 1926. Social context : the jazz age --
Restrictions and backlash --
African-American resistance --
What did women want? --
Popular entertainments --
Who are these Americans? --
Radio activity --
RCA : the Radio Corporation of America --
Early regulation --
Who owned America's earliest radio stations? --
Defining "quality" --
Parody of early radio programming --
Radio conferences --
Principles and precedents --
Early broadcasters --
Connection : Bertha Brainard and NBC --
The network idea --
Connection : "Eveready Red" Wendell Hall --
Other important early stations and programs --
Social discourse --
Utopian hopes, dystopian fears --
Public service versus commercialism --
Public interest. 4. The network age, 1926 to 1940. Social context : depression and a new deal --
Regulation : ground rules, 1927-1934 --
The Radio Act of 1927 and General Order 40 --
General Public Interest vs. Propaganda Stations --
The Communications Act of 1934 --
The romance hits a few bumps --
Industry : networks triumphant --
Connection : CBS : "we try harder" --
The Paley Plan --
The sponsor's medium --
Connection : J. Walter Thompson, radio showmen to the world --
The American medium --
Network woes. 5. Radio for everyone, 1926 to 1940. The media milieu --
Radio still goes Hollywood --
The afterlife of Vaudeville --
The swing decades --
The press-radio wars and the birth of broadcast news --
Magazine chat and women's programs --
Programming : popular radio --
Radio representations --
Radio forms and aesthetics --
Forms of broadcast narrative --
Connection : comedy variety : Jack Benny and his radio family --
Dramatic anthologies and features --
Connection : avant-garde radio : the Columbia Workshop and Norman Corwin --
Comedy series --
Thriller dramas --
Quiz shows --
Sports --
Religious programming --
Educational and public affairs programming --
Daytime radio --
Soaps : serial drama for women --
Daytime soaps on the air, 1939-40 --
Connection : all Irna's children --
Daytime talk --
Critiques of mass culture. 6. War at home and abroad, 1940 to 1945. Social context : the winds of war blow change --
Embattled isolationism --
Who we are, why we fight --
The military-industrial complex --
Social discourse : thinking about radio --
Industry conceptions of the audience --
Broadcast ratings systems --
The rise of U.S. communications research --
Connection : Father Coughlin and the masses --
Radio goes to war --
Connection : American identity and the radio feature --
Government-industry cooperation --
The Office of War Information --
Connection : the public woman : the story of Mary Marlin --
Pitching America overseas --
The rise of network news --
Regulation : up and down with the FCC --
ABC enters the scene --
Spectrum struggles. 7. At last television, 1945 to 1955. Social context : returning to normalcy --
Labor unrest and the rise of corporate liberalism --
The Cold War at home --
The race issue redux --
Media context : transitioning to prosperity --
A new deal at the movies --
The print media --
Books --
Advertising and public relations --
Radio --
Connection : DJs, Black radio, and the rise of rock 'n' roll --
Regulation : television's golden age --
The Blue Book --
The Big Chill --
VHF vs. UHF : intermixture and deintermixture --
Programming : the politics and poetics of live TV --
Local stations' sources of programming in the 1950s --
Avant-garde TV : the live anthology drama goes visual --
Anthology dramas on the air, 1953 and 1958 --
Variety shows --
The rise of filmed series --
Connection : the birth of the sitcom --
News --
Sports --
Daytime --
Syndication --
Connection : Cold War TV : I led 3 lives --
Social discourse : mass anxieties --
"TV is bad for kids," phase I --
"TV needs to control itself" --
"Commercial TV is free TV." 8. The domesticated medium, 1955 to 1965. Social context : the way we weren't --
The Civil Rights Movement --
"Women : neglected assets" --
The trouble with teens --
Media context : living with TV --
Radio readjusts --
Connection : Payola and the rise of format radio --
Industry : the classic network system emerges --
Network finesse --
The classic network system --
The classic network system : adjustments --
TV reforms --
Regulation : corruption, crackdown, and complacency --
The "Whorehouse Era" --
Minow the intimidator --
TV and violence, phase II --
Slouching toward public TV --
Programming for prosperity : American TV --
Hollywood TV --
Connection : movie of the week films on TV --
Sitcoms --
Drama --
Top 20 rated programs, 1955 and 1965 --
Connection : "just the facts, please, Ma'am" --
Music and variety shows --
Quiz and game shows --
Sports --
Talk --
Soaps and serials --
Saturday morning world --
News and documentary --
Connection : the whole world is watching --
Social discourse --
The measured audience --
Critical mass --
Is TV art? 9. The classic network system, 1965 to 1975. Social context : something's happening here --
Race : again, with a vengeance --
"One, two, three, four, we don't want your ****ing war!" --
Peace, love, and all that --
Deep social change --
The revolution in media --
The underground press --
Radio --
Movies --
Advertising --
Industry : the classic network system and its discontents --
Types of stations, 1960-1980 --
Agents of change --
Cable --
The rise of the independent stations --
Connection : at last, public television --
Regulation : breaking the bottleneck --
Fin/Syn and PTAR --
Untying cable --
Fairness doctrine --
Citizen action --
Connection : sorry, we are experiencing racial difficulties --
Programming : the age of relevance--
Connection : generational politics and the American TV family --
Smothered? --
Dragnet and double meanings --
Out in the open --
"Real" Americans? --
Top-rated shows, 1965 and 1975 --
Social discourse --
Violence redux --
Citizen activism. 10. Rising discontent, 1975 to 1985. Social context : crisis of confidence --
The satellite revolution --
Media changes --
McPaper --
Movies --
Radio --
Deregulation, breakup, and merger --
Connection : Mark Fowler's toaster --
Fowler's rules --
Industry explosion --
57 channels and nothing on? --
Pay cable --
Basic cable --
Types of cable channels --
Superstations --
Nichification --
Public service, public access --
Public television --
The end of an era --
Expanding programs --
Connection : the culture of seriality and repetition --
The new dramas --
Connection : the many qualities of Fred Silverman --
Daytime --
Nighttime news --
Sports --
Late night --
Social discourse. 11. The big change, 1985 to 1995. Social context : extremes and contradictions --
Domestic distress --
International imbroglios --
Incendiary mix --
Globalization --
The deregulated decade --
Fairness doctrine --
Bye-bye Fin/Syn and PTAR --
What next? --
Media context : the age of synergy --
Media merger timeline 1986-1995 --
Video --
Print --
Audio --
Advertising --
Global markets --
Industry : nothing succeeds like excess --
What led to the new networks? --
Upstarts : Fox, UPN, WB --
Jurassic Park? The big three survive --
Cable --
Connection : ESPN = Entertainment and sports empire --
Channels owned by the three largest MSOs --
Programming : pushing the envelope --
The new auteurs --
Dramedy --
Family shows in the new era --
Connection : the postmodern family : Cosbys, Conners, and Simpsons --
Trash TV --
Connection : the return of unruly women --
Daytime talk shows of the 1980s and 90s --
TV and changing culture around the world --
Connection : cable TV and satellites : the local and the global --
Social discourse : the Net effect. 12. Entering the digital era, 1995-2010. Social context : Falling down --
9/11 --
A new world order? --
The framework for digital convergence --
Basics --
Early days --
Enter the Web --
Governing the Internet --
Convergence --
Regulation : The Telecommunications Act of 1996 --
Connection : media ownership debates --
The problem --
Is more more? or less? --
Skewing the news? --
Diversity and localism --
Is ownership all? --
Intellectual property in the digital age --
Copyright term in the new milennium --
Regulating global convergence --
Industry convergence --
Media mergers 1996-2005 --
Converging pressures on network TV --
Public broadcasting --
Cable --
Top-rated cable channels and owners --
Hollywood in the digital era --
Radio --
Satellite TV and radio --
Music --
A global public sphere? International broadcasting post-9/11 --
Connection : the rise of Al-Jazeera. 13. Convergence culture in the new millennium : 1995-2010. Convergence television --
Blurring boundaries --
Connection : the triumph of reality TV --
Transmedia and hyperdiegesis --
New audiences, fresh faces, different stories --
The new youth generation --
Más Television Latina --
Connection : the beauty of Ugly Betty --
Agitating for inclusion --
Out onto prime time --
Cable : it's not TV ... --
Connection : single women and "family" men --
Global culture in a digital era --
Connection : India goes global and local --
Social discourse : the decline of mass culture. 14. Conclusion : TV after TV. Democracy and technology --
Obama Net --
Connection : Geek supreme --
You, and you, and you --
The outlook --
Digital civil rights organizations --
The persistence--and excellence--of television --
Connection : the best of the best? --
A British top-50 list of American shows, 2009.
Responsibility: Michele Hilmes.

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