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Radio's America : the Great Depression and the rise of modern mass culture

Author: Bruce Lenthall
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Orson Welles's greatest breakthrough into the popular consciousness occurred in 1938, three years before Citizen Kane, when his War of the Worlds radio broadcast succeeded so spectacularly that terrified listeners believed they were hearing a genuine report of an alien invasion-a landmark in the history of radio's powerful relationship with its audience. In Radio's America, Bruce Lenthall documents the enormous  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Lenthall, Bruce.
Radio's America.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2007
(DLC) 2007007194
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Lenthall
ISBN: 9780226471938 0226471934
OCLC Number: 646813887
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (x, 261 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: Introduction: "The story of the century" --
1. Radio's challenges: public intellectuals and the problem of mass culture. William Orton and the mass-consumption critique ; James Rorty and the mass-production critique ; African American intellectuals and the mass-production critique in action ; Related solutions ; Defenders of the faith --
2. Radio's listeners: personalizing mass culture. The mass audience listens ; Consumer bargaining ; "When you can't find a friend, you've still got the radio" --
3. Radio's democracy: the politics of the fireside. Roosevelt on the radio ; Radio democracy: the politics of intimacy ; Radio democracy: the politics of information ; Once and future ideals? --
4. Radio's champions: strange gods? Radio stars ; Voices of the people ; Power ... corrupts? ; Limited amplitude --
5. Radio's students: media studies and the possibilities of mass communication. Paul Lazarsfeld and social pragmatism's hope ; Herman Hettinger and commercial pragmatism's faith ; Theodor Adorno's critical theory: a considerably less charitable view --
6. Radio's writers: a public voice in the modern world. Art of the air ; Public speech, public art, and mass communication ; Modernism on the air ; Muffled voices.
Responsibility: Bruce Lenthall.

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Documents the impact radio had on the lives of Depression-era Americans and charts the formative years of our modern mass culture. Offering insight into radio's use as a persuasive tool, this work  Read more...

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