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Across the waves : how the United States and France shaped the international age of radio

Author: Derek Vaillant
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2017]
Series: History of communication
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1931, the United States and France embarked on a broadcasting partnership built around radio. Over time, the transatlantic sonic alliance came to personify and to shape American-French relations in an era of increased global media production and distribution. Drawing on a broad range of American and French archives, Derek Vaillant joins textual and aural materials with original data analytics and maps to
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Genre/Form: History
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Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Vaillant
ISBN: 9780252041419 0252041410 9780252082931 0252082931
OCLC Number: 1019994817
Description: xii, 239 Seiten : Illustrationen.
Series Title: History of communication
Responsibility: Derek W Vaillant.

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"In 1931, the United States and France embarked on a broadcasting partnership built around radio. Over time, the transatlantic sonic alliance came to personify and to shape American-French relations in an era of increased global media production and distribution. Drawing on a broad range of American and French archives, Derek Vaillant joins textual and aural materials with original data analytics and maps to illuminate U.S.-French broadcasting's political and cultural development. Vaillant focuses on the period from 1931 until France dismantled its state media system in 1974. His analysis examines mobile actors, circulating programs, and shifting governmental and other institutions shaping international radio's use in times of war and peace. He explores the extraordinary achievements, the miscommunications and failures, and the limits of cooperation between America and France as they shaped a new media environment. Throughout, Vaillant explains how radio's power as an instantaneous mass communications tool produced, legitimized, and circulated various notions of states, cultures, ideologies, and peoples as superior or inferior" ...

"This book is the first comparative history of 20th-century U.S.-French radio broadcasting and its consequences for cultural politics and international/global communication. As U.S. electronics firms raced into Europe, a succession of French governments cautiously participated in U.S.-French broadcast experiments. The first "transatlantics" revealed disparate national visions of radio's place in the emerging international/global arena. During World War II, however, and continuing into the Cold War years, U.S.-French broadcasting and statecraft wove tightly together, with tangible consequences for how Americans and the French learned to listen to each other. Radio became a projection space of U.S.-French national identity and difference, shaping culture and politics in an international/global media age. This book studies the period from 1931 ... when live, two-way programs first linked Paris and New York ... to 1974, when France disassembled its state media system and the curtain fell on almost a half century of close and continuing radio association. This book uses extensive research in U.S. and French archives to analyze the work of transnational cooperative enterprises, notably among them an initiative to bring a torrent of French-produced, English-language content onto U.S. airwaves after World War II. It shows how a mobile cohort of U.S. and French nationals and expatriates created radio's transnational/global technical structures and aesthetic possibilities, and analyzes how different aesthetic aims and technical systems shaped cultural politics between us. This book brings the history of radio squarely into scholarly conversations about the root formations and tendencies of contemporary global media" ...

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"The book is broad in scope and significance and is well-researched and well-written." --European Journal of Communication "Across the Waves . . . informs radio history with a new and important Read more...

 
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