Cold War, Cool Medium / Edition 1

Cold War, Cool Medium / Edition 1

by Thomas Doherty
     
 

Though conventional wisdom claims that television is a co-conspirator in the repressions of Cold War America, Doherty argues that during the Cold War, through television, America actually became a more tolerant place. He examines television programming and contemporary commentary of the late 1940s to the mid-1950s--everything from See It Now to I Love

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Though conventional wisdom claims that television is a co-conspirator in the repressions of Cold War America, Doherty argues that during the Cold War, through television, America actually became a more tolerant place. He examines television programming and contemporary commentary of the late 1940s to the mid-1950s--everything from See It Now to I Love Lucy, from Red Channels to the writings of Walter Winchell and Hedda Hopper. By rerunning the programs, freezing the frames, and reading between the lines, Doherty paints a picture of Cold War America that belies many black and white cliches.

Columbia University Press

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231129527
Publisher:
Columbia University
Publication date:
11/01/2003
Series:
Film and Culture Ser.
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
0.88(w) x 6.00(h) x 9.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

I. Video RisingA Television GenealogyRed and Other MenacesMcCarthy: Man, Ism, and TelevisionII. The Gestalt of the BlacklistThe Blacklist BackstoryPressure Groups and Pressure PointsInstitutional PracticesIII. Controversial PersonalitiesThe Goldbergs: the Case of Philip LoebI Love Lucy: the Redhead and the BlacklistIV. Hypersensitivity: The Codes of Television CensorshipFaye Emerson's Breasts, Among other ControversiesAmos 'n' Andy: Blacks in Your Living RoomV. Forums of the AirEgghead SundaysDirect AddressThe Ike-onoscopeVI. Roman Circuses and Spanish Inquisitions"Kefauver Fever": The Kefauver Crime Committee Hearings of 1951HUAC-TVWringing the Neck of Reed Harris: The McCarthy Committee Voice of America Hearings of 1953VII. Country and GodI Led 3 Lives: "Watch Yourself Philbrick!"Religious BroadcastingLife Is Worth Living: Starring Bishop Fulton J. SheenVIII. Edward R. Murrow Slays The Dragon of Joseph McCarthyTV's Number One Glamour BoyMurrow Versus McCarthyThe "Good Tuesday" HomilyTo Be Person-to-Personed"A Humble, Poverty Stricken Negress": Annie Lee Moss Before the McCarthy CommitteeMcCarthy Gets Equal TimeIX. "The Speaktacular": the Army-McCarthy Hearings, April 22-June 17, 1954Backstory and Dramatis PersonaeGavel to Gavel CoverageClimax: "Have You No Sense of Decency?"Denouement: Reviews and Post-MortemsX. Pixies: Homosexuality, Anti-Communism, and TelevisionRed Fades to PinkAiring the Cohn-Schine AffairXI. The End of the BlacklistThe Defenders: The Blacklist on TrialPoint of Order!: The Army-McCarthy Hearings, the MovieXII. Exhuming McCarthyism: the Paranoid Style in American Television

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