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Publisher Comments:

In his highly praised Republic of Mass Culture, James L. Baughman offers a lively analysis of the impact that the advent of television has had on America's media industries. He contends that because television had captured the largest share of the mass audience by the late 1950s, rival media were forced to target smaller, sub-group markets with novel content that ranged from rock 'n' roll for teenage radio listeners in the 1950s to the more sexually explicit films that began to appear in the 1960s. For this updated edition, Baughman includes in his discussion the effects of the new competitive realities of the 1990s on journalism, filmmaking, and broadcasting. The dominance of marketplace values, he argues, has further fragmented the mass audience, encouraged record-breaking mergers between media companies, and precipitated a steady and alarming decline in the quality of and public interest in journalism, a trend that may ultimately threaten American democracy.

Synopsis:

An analysis of the impact that the advent of television has had on America's media industries. For this updated edition, Baughman includes in his discussion the effects of new competitve realities of the 1990s on journalism, filmmaking and broadcasting.

Synopsis:

In The Republic of Mass Culture, James L. Baughman offers the raw material for a critical analysis of the phenomenon. Do the media, particularly television, threaten to enhance our cultural diversity? Has the impact of the mass media led to a homogenization of politics and culture, reducing ideas and entertainment to a mass common denominator? Do media have a biased political stance? Do media unduly project what the historian Daniel Boorstin has called 'pseudo-events, ' that is unimportant, trivial, often artificially contrived matters that demand our intense attention for the moment? Media analyst Marshall McLuhan once said that the 'medium is the message.' Have we lost contact with the reality of substance?

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 251-274) and index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801855214
Foreword:
Kutler, Stanley I.
Author:
Kutler, Stanley I.
Author:
Baughman, James L.
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Location:
Baltimore :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Mass media
Subject:
Journalism
Subject:
Film - History & Criticism
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Mass media -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Mass Media - General
Subject:
Film & Video - History & Criticism
Subject:
Media Studies
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
American Moment (Paperback)
Series Volume:
1918
Publication Date:
March 1997
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
316
Dimensions:
9.02x6.02x.84 in. .93 lbs.

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The Republic of Mass Culture: Journalism, Filmmaking, and Broadcasting in America Since 1941 (American Moment)
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"Synopsis" by , An analysis of the impact that the advent of television has had on America's media industries. For this updated edition, Baughman includes in his discussion the effects of new competitve realities of the 1990s on journalism, filmmaking and broadcasting.
"Synopsis" by , In The Republic of Mass Culture, James L. Baughman offers the raw material for a critical analysis of the phenomenon. Do the media, particularly television, threaten to enhance our cultural diversity? Has the impact of the mass media led to a homogenization of politics and culture, reducing ideas and entertainment to a mass common denominator? Do media have a biased political stance? Do media unduly project what the historian Daniel Boorstin has called 'pseudo-events, ' that is unimportant, trivial, often artificially contrived matters that demand our intense attention for the moment? Media analyst Marshall McLuhan once said that the 'medium is the message.' Have we lost contact with the reality of substance?
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