Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination / Edition 1

Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination / Edition 1

by Susan J. Douglas
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0816644233

ISBN-13: 9780816644230

Pub. Date: 02/24/2004

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Few inventions evoke such nostalgia, such deeply personal and vivid memories as radio-from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern. Listening In is the first in-depth history of how radio culture and content have kneaded and expanded the American psyche.But Listening In is more than a history. It is also a reconsideration of what listening

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Few inventions evoke such nostalgia, such deeply personal and vivid memories as radio-from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern. Listening In is the first in-depth history of how radio culture and content have kneaded and expanded the American psyche.But Listening In is more than a history. It is also a reconsideration of what listening to radio has done to American culture in the twentieth century and how it has brought a completely new auditory dimension to our lives. Susan Douglas explores how listening has altered our day-to-day experiences and our own generational identities, cultivating different modes of listening in different eras; how radio has shaped our views of race, gender roles, ethnic barriers, family dynamics, leadership, and the generation gap. With her trademark wit, Douglas has created an eminently readable cultural history of radio. "Douglas's wonderful book offers a sophisticated history of radio listening." -Journal of American History Susan J. Douglas is professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and author of Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816644230
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
02/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
415
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Acknowledgmentsxi
Introduction3
1.The Zen of Listening22
2.The Ethereal World40
3.Exploratory Listening in the 1920s55
4.Tuning In to Jazz83
5.Radio Comedy and Linguistic Slapstick100
6.The Invention of the Audience124
7.World War II and the Invention of Broadcast Journalism161
8.Playing Fields of the Mind199
9.The Kids Take Over: Transistors, DJs, and Rock 'n' Roll219
10.The FM Revolution256
11.Talk Talk284
12.Why Ham Radio Matters328
Conclusion: Is Listening Dead?347
Notes359
Index391

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