The Republic of Mass Culture: Journalism, Filmmaking, and Broadcasting in America since 1941 / Edition 3

The Republic of Mass Culture: Journalism, Filmmaking, and Broadcasting in America since 1941 / Edition 3

by James L. Baughman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801883164

ISBN-13: 9780801883163

Pub. Date: 12/05/2005

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

The new edition of James L. Baughman's successful book The Republic of Mass Culture examines the advent of television and the impact it had on the established mass media—radio, film, newspapers, and magazines. When television captured the largest share of the mass audience by the late 1950s, rival media were forced to target smaller, subgroup markets

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The new edition of James L. Baughman's successful book The Republic of Mass Culture examines the advent of television and the impact it had on the established mass media—radio, film, newspapers, and magazines. When television captured the largest share of the mass audience by the late 1950s, rival media were forced to target smaller, subgroup markets with novel content: rock 'n' roll for teenage radio listeners in the 1950s, sexually explicit films that began to appear in the 1960s, and analytical newspaper reporting in the 1970s and 1980s. The growing popularity of cable TV posed new complications, especially for network television. The capacity of individual media industries to adapt not only determined their success or failure but also shaped the content of their products.

Two new chapters examine media entrants like Fox News, technologies such as the Internet, and increasing industry concentration. Baughman discusses significant changes in media economics and audience demand that are having profound effects on radio program formats, television news coverage, and the very existence of newspapers.

Carefully drawing on interdisciplinary communication research, The Republic of Mass Culture presents a lively analysis of the shifting objectives and challenges of the media industries.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801883163
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/05/2005
Series:
The American Moment
Edition description:
third edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
1,035,796
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

1The voluntary propagandists1
2Americans and their mass media in 19459
3Test patterns : television comes to America, 1945-195530
4The war for attention : responding to television, 1947-195859
5Evenings of avoidance : television in the 1960s91
6Competing for the marginal : television's rivals, 1958-1970117
7Network television triumphant, 1970-1981143
8The Babel builders : television's rivals, 1970-1990175
9The perils and possibilities of cable television, 1980-1992211
10Century's end, 1993-2005226

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