Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination / Edition 1

Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination / Edition 1

by Susan J. Douglas
     
 

At the beginning of this spirited and engaging cultural history, Douglas (communication studies, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor) refers to Erik Barnouw's three-volume History of Broadcasting in the United States (published between 1966 and 1970); she covers much of the same ground--only quicker (one volume)--and points out that each chapter could have been its ownSee more details below

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At the beginning of this spirited and engaging cultural history, Douglas (communication studies, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor) refers to Erik Barnouw's three-volume History of Broadcasting in the United States (published between 1966 and 1970); she covers much of the same ground--only quicker (one volume)--and points out that each chapter could have been its own book and that many topics are not even addressed. Still, her lively narrative is full of information, insight, and specific references to shows and personalities as she traces the evolution of radio broadcasting and audiences and highlights the significance of this kind of listening in American life. This is a paperbound reprint of a 1999 work published by Times Books. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816644230
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
02/24/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
415
Sales rank:
327,001
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

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

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