Radio, Morality, and Culture: Britain, Canada, and the United States, 1919-1945 / Edition 3

Radio, Morality, and Culture: Britain, Canada, and the United States, 1919-1945 / Edition 3

by Robert S. Fortner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0809326647

ISBN-13: 9780809326648

Pub. Date: 10/28/2005

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

Radio, Morality, and Culture: Britain, Canada, and the United States, 1919–1945 examines the moral controversies surrounding radio’s development during its formative years. In comparing the fledgling medium in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States, Robert S. Fortner documents how the church failed to participate in radio’s moral

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Radio, Morality, and Culture: Britain, Canada, and the United States, 1919–1945 examines the moral controversies surrounding radio’s development during its formative years. In comparing the fledgling medium in Great Britain, Canada, and the United States, Robert S. Fortner documents how the church failed to participate in radio’s moral development and instead engaged in internecine warfare over issues of legitimacy and orthodoxy.

The church was arguing about theological turf and dealing with internal disputes while radio policy was being developed and communications history was being written. Fortner reveals how the church, doomed to play little more than a bit part in the future of radio, eventually lost its voice altogether in the continuing development of electronic media. Fortner effectively synthesizes cultural history and theory, communication studies, and the role religious organizations played in shaping the content and character of early radio. Geared to scholars of history, communications, and theology, Radio, Morality, and Culture provides a useful resource for research, scholarship, and public policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809326648
Publisher:
Southern Illinois University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
1st Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

1The moral context of radio development1
2Morality, culture, and broadcasting policy in the United Kingdom21
3Religion and controversy in Britain : the church and the BBC42
4Morality, culture, and broadcasting policy in the United States63
5The church as moral agent for American broadcasting104
6The public policy context and moral issues in Canada128
7The church as moral agent for Canadian broadcasting policy159
8Morality, public philosophy, and public policy : lessons from history180

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