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

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

by William S. Solomon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816621705

ISBN-13: 9780816621705

Pub. Date: 06/01/2009

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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

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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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ISBN-13:
9780816621705
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Edition description:
Minnesota Archive Editions
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.82(d)

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1The Contours of Media History1
2The Public Sphere and the Cultural Mediation of Print7
3A Local History of the Early U.S. Press: Cincinnati38
4Nineteenth-Century Suffrage Periodicals: Conceptions of Womanhood and the Press66
5The Rise of News as a Commodity: Business Imperatives and the Press in the Nineteenth Century98
6Gender, the Movement Press, and the Cultural Politics of the Knights of Labor122
7The Working-Class Press at the Turn of the Century151
8The Commercialization of the Black Press and the Rise of Race News in Chicago176
9Heads of Household and Ladies of the House: Gender, Genre, and Broadcast Ratings, 1929-1990204
10Conflict, Not Consensus: The Debate over Broadcast Communication Policy, 1930-1935222
11Seducing the Innocent: Childhood and Television in Postwar America259
12Ready, Willing, Able: Network Television News and the Federal Government, 1948-1953291
13U.S. Mass Communication Research, Counterinsurgency, and Scientific "Reality"313
14Will You Love Me Tomorrow? Changing Discourses about Female Sexuality in the Mass Media, 1960-1968349
Contributors375
Index379

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