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Radio's America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture (Paperback)
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Radio's America: The Great Depression and the Rise of Modern Mass Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 10/07/2007
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Orson Welles' 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 impact radio had on the lives of Depression-era Americans and charts the formative years of our modern mass culture. Many Americans became alienated from their government and economy in the twentieth century, and Lenthall explains that radio's appeal came from its ability to personalize an increasingly impersonal public arena. His depictions of such figures as proto-Fascist Charles Coughlin and medical quack John Brinkley offer penetrating insight into radio's use as a persuasive tool, and Lenthall's book is unique in its exploration of how ordinary Americans made radio a part of their lives. Television inherited radio's cultural role, and as the voting tallies for "American Idol" attest, broadcasting continues to occupy a powerfully intimate place in American life. "Radio's America" reveals how the connections between power and mass media began.

Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 9780226471921
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 378 g
Dimensions: 228 x 141 x 16 mm
Edition: Revised edition


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" In "Radio' s America," Bruce Lenthall provides a perceptive and balanced overview of radio' s major contributions to American culture during its most vital years, years that were truly formative not only of American broadcasting but of our history as a nation as well. Lenthall encourages us to reevaluate what we think we know about the beginnings of mediated mass culture in the United States. His analysis, clearly written to appeal to a broad audience, refreshes old debates and sheds new light on unexplored figures and ideas." -- Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin- Madison

0;In "Radio7;s America," Bruce Lenthall provides a perceptive and balanced overview of radio7;s major contributions to American culture during its most vital years, years that were truly formative not only of American broadcasting but of our history as a nation as well. Lenthall encourages us to reevaluate what we think we know about the beginnings of mediated mass culture in the United States. His analysis, clearly written to appeal to a broad audience, refreshes old debates and sheds new light on unexplored figures and ideas.1;2;Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin1;Madison
-- Michele Hilmes (03/29/2007)
"In "Radio's America", Bruce Lenthall provides a perceptive and balanced overview of radio's major contributions to American culture during its most vital years, years that were truly formative not only of American broadcasting but of our history as a nation as well. Lenthall encourages us to reevaluate what we think we know about the beginnings of mediated mass culture in the United States. His analysis, clearly written to appeal to a broad audience, refreshes old debates and sheds new light on unexplored figures and ideas."

--Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin-Madison (03/29/2007)
"In "Radio's America," Bruce Lenthall provides a perceptive and balanced overview of radio's major contributions to American culture during its most vital years, years that were truly formative not only of American broadcasting but of our history as a nation as well. Lenthall encourages us to reevaluate what we think we know about the beginnings of mediated mass culture in the United States. His analysis, clearly written to appeal to a broad audience, refreshes old debates and sheds new light on unexplored figures and ideas."
--Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin Madison (03/29/2007)"
In "Radio s America," Bruce Lenthall provides a perceptive and balanced overview of radio s major contributions to American culture during its most vital years, years that were truly formative not only of American broadcasting but ofour history as a nation as well.Lenthall encourages us to reevaluate what we think we know about the beginnings of mediated mass culture in the United States.His analysis, clearly written to appeal to a broad audience, refreshes old debates and sheds new light on unexplored figures and ideas.
--Michele Hilmes, University of Wisconsin Madison (03/29/2007)"

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