Ruthless Criticism: New Perspectives in U. S. Communications History / Edition 1

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Overview

Ruthless Criticism was first published in 1993. Minnesota Archive Editions uses digital technology to make long-unavailable books once again accessible, and are published unaltered from the original University of Minnesota Press editions.

Ruthless Criticism offers perspectives and subjects largely outside traditional historiography. It broadens the concept of media history to include lesser-studied media, and offers alternative interpretations of traditional media.

This anthology of original research includes an array of scholarly and theoretical perspectives. Each addresses specific topic within a specific era. reflecting the diversity of U.S. mass media.

Solomon and McChesney begin by using critical theory and deconstruction to examine the meanings of print in the colonial era. Subsequent chapters study the media ecology of the antebellum press; the intense focus on profits of the post-Civil War mainstream press; gender images in the labor press; the diversity of political views within the working-class press; and the development of a commercial press in the black community.

The essays concerning the twentieth century focus on the rise of a culture industry and include studies on the origins of the broadcast ratings system and the commercial broadcast system and the commercial broadcast system, early television's portrayals of childhood, the televisions networks' close ties with the federal government, the government's key role in creating and developing the field of mass communication research, and teenage girls' popular culture from 1960–1968 as a formative influence on the feminist movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816621705
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition description: Minnesota Archive Editions
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert W. McChesney is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Telecommunications, Mass Media, and Democracy: The Battle for the Control of U.S. Broadcasting,

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Contours of Media History 1
2 The Public Sphere and the Cultural Mediation of Print 7
3 A Local History of the Early U.S. Press: Cincinnati 38
4 Nineteenth-Century Suffrage Periodicals: Conceptions of Womanhood and the Press 66
5 The Rise of News as a Commodity: Business Imperatives and the Press in the Nineteenth Century 98
6 Gender, the Movement Press, and the Cultural Politics of the Knights of Labor 122
7 The Working-Class Press at the Turn of the Century 151
8 The Commercialization of the Black Press and the Rise of Race News in Chicago 176
9 Heads of Household and Ladies of the House: Gender, Genre, and Broadcast Ratings, 1929-1990 204
10 Conflict, Not Consensus: The Debate over Broadcast Communication Policy, 1930-1935 222
11 Seducing the Innocent: Childhood and Television in Postwar America 259
12 Ready, Willing, Able: Network Television News and the Federal Government, 1948-1953 291
13 U.S. Mass Communication Research, Counterinsurgency, and Scientific "Reality" 313
14 Will You Love Me Tomorrow? Changing Discourses about Female Sexuality in the Mass Media, 1960-1968 349
Contributors 375
Index 379
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