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The citizen machine : governing by television in 1950s America, Anna McCarthy

Label
The citizen machine : governing by television in 1950s America
Title
The citizen machine
Title remainder
governing by television in 1950s America
Statement of responsibility
Anna McCarthy
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This is the untold political history of television's formative era. The author, an historian, goes behind the scenes of early television programming, revealing that producers, sponsors, and scriptwriters had far more in mind than simply entertaining (and selling products). Long before the age of PBS, leaders from business, philanthropy, and social reform movements as well as public intellectuals were all obsessively concerned with TV's potential to mold the right kind of citizen. After World War II, inspired by the perceived threats of Soviet communism, class war, and racial violence, members of what was then known as "the Establishment" were drawn together by a shared conviction that television broadcasting could be a useful tool for governing. The men of Du Pont, the AFL-CIO, the Advertising Council, the Ford Foundation, the Fund for the Republic, and other organizations interested in shaping (according to American philosopher Mortimer Adler) "the ideas that should be in every citizen's mind," turned to TV as a tool for reaching those people they thought of as the masses. Based on years of archival work, this work sheds new light on the place of television in the postwar American political landscape. At a time when TV broadcasting is in a state of crisis, and when a new political movement for media reform has ascended the political stage, here is a new history of the ideas and assumptions that have profoundly shaped not only television, but our political culture itself
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1967-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
McCarthy, Anna
Dewey number
302.23/45097309045
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1992.6
LC item number
.M3775 2010
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Television and politics
  • Television broadcasting
  • Television broadcasting
  • Political culture
  • Advocacy advertising
  • Television advertising
  • Television viewers
  • Advocacy advertising
  • Political culture
  • Television advertising
  • Television and politics
  • Television broadcasting
  • Television broadcasting
  • Television viewers
  • United States
  • Fernsehen
  • USA
  • Fernsehen
  • Politik
  • Wirtschaft
  • Fernsehen
  • Sponsoring
  • Fernsehen
  • Fernsehen
  • Demokratie
Label
The citizen machine : governing by television in 1950s America, Anna McCarthy
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Television and political culture after World War Two -- Sponsors and citizens -- The politics of wooden acting -- The ends of the middlebrow -- Liberal media -- Labor goes public
Control code
ocn435419373
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 334 pages
Isbn
9781595584984
Lccn
2009039029
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781595584984
  • (OCoLC)435419373
Label
The citizen machine : governing by television in 1950s America, Anna McCarthy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Television and political culture after World War Two -- Sponsors and citizens -- The politics of wooden acting -- The ends of the middlebrow -- Liberal media -- Labor goes public
Control code
ocn435419373
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 334 pages
Isbn
9781595584984
Lccn
2009039029
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781595584984
  • (OCoLC)435419373

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