Listening in: Radio and the American Imagination, from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern / Edition 1

Listening in: Radio and the American Imagination, from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern / Edition 1

by Susan J. Douglas
     
 

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. SusanSee more details below

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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. Douglas reveals how radio has played a pivotal role in helping us imagine ourselves in invisible communities - of sports fans, Fred Allen devotees, rock'n'rollers, ham operators, Dittoheads - creating both deep cultural niches and broad national identities. Listening In is also a penetrating look at radio as a guiding force in shaping our views of race, gender roles, ethnic barriers, family dynamics, leadership, and the generation gap.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900812933009
Publisher:
Random House, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Edition description:
New Edition

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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