Radio Goes to War: The Cultural Politics of Propaganda during World War II / Edition 1

Radio Goes to War: The Cultural Politics of Propaganda during World War II / Edition 1

by Gerd Horten
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520240618

ISBN-13: 9780520240612

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: University of California Press

Radio Goes to War is the first comprehensive and in-depth look at the role of domestic radio in the United States during World War II. As this study convincingly demonstrates, radio broadcasting played a crucial role both in government propaganda and within the context of the broader cultural and political transformations of wartime America. Gerd Horten's absorbing…  See more details below

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Radio Goes to War is the first comprehensive and in-depth look at the role of domestic radio in the United States during World War II. As this study convincingly demonstrates, radio broadcasting played a crucial role both in government propaganda and within the context of the broader cultural and political transformations of wartime America. Gerd Horten's absorbing narrative argues that no medium merged entertainment, propaganda, and advertising more effectively than radio. As a result, America's wartime radio propaganda emphasized an increasingly corporate and privatized vision of America's future, with important repercussions for the war years and postwar era. Examining radio news programs, government propaganda shows, advertising, soap operas, and comedy programs, Horten situates radio wartime propaganda in the key shift from a Depression-era resentment of big business to the consumer and corporate culture of the postwar period.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520240612
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction: Radio and the Privatization of War1
Pt. IRadio News, Propaganda, and Politics During World War II
1Radio News, Propaganda, and Politics: From the New Deal to World War II13
2Uneasy Persuasion: Government Radio Propaganda, 1941-194341
3Closing Ranks: Propaganda, Politics, and Domestic Foreign-Language Radio66
Pt. IISelling the War to the American People: Radio Entertainment and Advertising
4The Rewards of Wartime Radio Advertising89
5"Radio Propaganda Must Be Painless": The Comedians Go to War116
6"Twenty Million Women Can't Be Wrong": Wartime Soap Operas147
Epilogue: The Privatization of America177
Notes185
Index213

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