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Listening In : Radio And The American Imagination - Susan J. Douglas

Listening In

Radio And The American Imagination

Paperback Published: 25th February 2004
ISBN: 9780816644230
Number Of Pages: 432

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Few inventions evoke such nostalgia, such deeply personal and vivid memories as radio-from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern. Listening In is the first in-depth history of how radio culture and content have kneaded and expanded the American psyche.But Listening In is more than a history. It is also a reconsideration of what listening to radio has done to American culture in the twentieth century and how it has brought a completely new auditory dimension to our lives. Susan Douglas explores how listening has altered our day-to-day experiences and our own generational identities, cultivating different modes of listening in different eras; how radio has shaped our views of race, gender roles, ethnic barriers, family dynamics, leadership, and the generation gap. With her trademark wit, Douglas has created an eminently readable cultural history of radio."Douglas's wonderful book offers a sophisticated history of radio listening." -Journal of American HistorySusan J. Douglas is professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and author of Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media.

"Douglas's wonderful book offers a sophisticated history of radio listening." -Journal of American History

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
The Zen of Listeningp. 22
The Ethereal Worldp. 40
Exploratory Listening in the 1920sp. 55
Tuning In to Jazzp. 83
Radio Comedy and Linguistic Slapstickp. 100
The Invention of the Audiencep. 124
World War II and the Invention of Broadcast Journalismp. 161
Playing Fields of the Mindp. 199
The Kids Take Over: Transistors, DJs, and Rock 'n' Rollp. 219
The FM Revolutionp. 256
Talk Talkp. 284
Why Ham Radio Mattersp. 328
Conclusion: Is Listening Dead?p. 347
Notesp. 359
Indexp. 391
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ISBN: 9780816644230
ISBN-10: 0816644233
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 25th February 2004
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 14.61  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.59