The Revolution Wasn't Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict

The Revolution Wasn't Televised: Sixties Television and Social Conflict

by Lynn Spigel
     
 

Caricatures of sixties television—called a "vast wasteland" by the FCC president in the early sixties—continue to dominate our perceptions of the era and cloud popular understanding of the relationship between pop culture and larger social forces. Opposed to these conceptions, The Revolution Wasn't Televised explores the ways in which

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Overview

Caricatures of sixties television—called a "vast wasteland" by the FCC president in the early sixties—continue to dominate our perceptions of the era and cloud popular understanding of the relationship between pop culture and larger social forces. Opposed to these conceptions, The Revolution Wasn't Televised explores the ways in which prime-time television was centrally involved in the social conflicts of the 1960s. It was then that television became a ubiquitous element in American homes. The contributors in this volume argue that due to TV's constant presence in everyday life, it became the object of intense debates over childraising, education, racism, gender, technology, politics, violence, and Vietnam. These essays explore the minutia of TV in relation to the macro-structure of sixties politics and society, attempting to understand the struggles that took place over representation the nation's most popular communications media during the 1960s.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415911221
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/04/1997
Series:
AFI Film Readers Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1The "Outer Limits" of Oblivion21
2White Flight47
3Nobody's Woman? Honey West and the New Sexuality73
4Girl Watchers: Patty Duke and Teen TV95
5Dennis the Menace, "The All American Handful"119
6The Independents: Rethinking the Television Studio System139
7Senator Dodd Goes to Hollywood: Investigating Video Violence161
8James Dean in a Surgical Gown: Making TV's Medical Formula185
9The Smothers Brother Comedy Hour and the Youth Rebellion201
10Blues Skies and Strange Bedfellows: The Discourse of Cable Television221
11Dynasty in Drag: Imagining Global TV245
12Citizen Welk: Bubbles, Blue Hair, and Middle America265
13From Old Frontier to New Frontier287
14Southern Discomforts: The Racial Struggle Over Popular TV305
15White Network/Red Power: ABC's Custer Series327
16Remembering Civil Rights: Television, Memory, and the 1960s349
Contributors359

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