Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination / Edition 1

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Overview

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816644230
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 2/24/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 415
  • Product dimensions: 5.88 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 The Zen of Listening 22
2 The Ethereal World 40
3 Exploratory Listening in the 1920s 55
4 Tuning In to Jazz 83
5 Radio Comedy and Linguistic Slapstick 100
6 The Invention of the Audience 124
7 World War II and the Invention of Broadcast Journalism 161
8 Playing Fields of the Mind 199
9 The Kids Take Over: Transistors, DJs, and Rock 'n' Roll 219
10 The FM Revolution 256
11 Talk Talk 284
12 Why Ham Radio Matters 328
Conclusion: Is Listening Dead? 347
Notes 359
Index 391
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