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A Short History of the Modern Media / Edition 1

A Short History of the Modern Media / Edition 1

by Jim Cullen


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A Short History of the Modern Media / Edition 1

A Short History of the Modern Media presents a concise history of the major media of the last 150 years, including print, stage, film, radio, television, sound recording, and the Internet.

  • Offers a compact, teaching-friendly presentation of the history of mass media
  • Features a discussion of works in popular culture that are well-known and easily available
  • Presents a history of modern media that is strongly interdisciplinary in nature

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444351422
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 10/21/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Jim Cullen is Chair of the History Department at the Fieldston School in New York and a book review editor at the History News Network. He is the author of a dozen books, including Imperfect Presidents: Tales of Misadventure and Triumph (2007), Essaying the Past: How to Read, Write and Think about History, 2nd edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), and Sensing the Past: Hollywood Stars and Historical Visions (2013).

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xv

Introduction: Medium Message 1

Overview 2

Further Reading 11

1 Print’s Run: Publishing as Popular Culture 13

Overview 14

Genre Study / Terrifying pleasures: Horror 31

Document Study / The ravenous imagination of Edgar Allan Poe38

Document Study / Carrie: Princess of blood, King of horror44

Further Reading 49

2 Dramatic Developments: The World of the Stage 51

Overview 52

Genre Study / Notes from the stage: The Broadway musical 69

Document Study / Show Boat: High tide of the American musical77

Further Reading 83

3 Reel Life: The Art ofMotion Pictures 85

Overview 86

Genre Study / Horse sense: The logic of the western 102

Document Study / The Searchers: Monumental western 111

Further Reading 116

4 MakingWaves: Radio in American Life 119

Overview 120

Genre Study / Worlds away: Science fiction 134

Document Study / The Mercury Theater on the Air: Worlds war142

Document Study / Buck Rogers: Finding time (in space) 149

Further Reading 153

5 Channels of Opportunity: The Arc of Television Broadcasting155

Overview 156

Genre Study / Screened realities: Situation comedy 173

Document Study / Seriously funny: I Love Lucy 181

Further Reading 187

6 Sound Investments: The Evolution of Sound Recording190

Overview 191

Genre Study / Joyful blues: The rise and fall of rock and roll213

Document Study / ‘‘Beat It’’: Theintegration of Michael Jackson 224

Document Study / Speak Now: The gently assertive voice of TaylorSwift 232

Further Reading 237

7 Weaving the Web: The Emergence of the Internet 240

Overview 241

Genre Study / Shared exchanges: Social media 260

Document Study / Wikipedia: The wisdom of crowds 268

Further Reading 274

Index 277

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From the Publisher

“Until now, there has not been a teachable historyof mass media.  Cullen’s deftly distilledhistoriographies will please teachers and the well-chosen genreessays and case studies will inspire great classroomdiscussions.”
Andrew Haley, The University of Southern Mississippi

“With its informative overviews and rich document studies,A Short History of the Modern Media should prove anessential work for any course on the history and meaning of modernmedia.”
Louis P. Masur, Rutgers University

"An excellent introduction to the technologies, industries,cultural forms, and genres that constitute our media landscape. Cullen shows that the history of our media is in many waysthe history of our sociality and our intimacies."
Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University

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