The Broadcast Century and Beyond is a popular history of the most influential and innovative industry of the century. The story of broadcasting is told in a direct and informal style, blending personal insight and authoritative scholarship. The book vividly depicts the events, people, programs, & companies that made television & radio dominant forms of communication. This edition includes coverage of the technologies that have emerged over the past decade & discusses the profound impact they have had on the broadcasting industry in political, social, & economic spheres. The industry has been completely revolutionized with the advent of YouTube, podcasting, iphones, etc., and the authors discuss the impact on broadcasting. New sidebars scattered throughout the book showcase the intersections of broadcast history, & colors these events through a social, cultural, & political lens.
"A masterwork that seamlessly weaves an array of complex elements into the story - elements such as entrepreneurship, technological developments, government regulation, patent wars, advertising, news, programming innovations, and celebrities.. The authors are to be commended for their year-by-year chronological approachand for smoothly incorporating big-picture issues, concrete examples and social contest into that chronological framework. Students, therefore, get a strong sense of the when along with plenty of the so what.. The book is absolutely packed with seemingly minor historical tidbits that, actually, can be used as springboards for discussions of major current issues - for example, the inculcation of advertising messages into programming content, something prevalent through the history of broadcasting in blatant ways (The Philco Hour, The Lucky Strike Dance Orchestra)."--American Journalism
Chapter 1 In the Beginning: Genesis to 1920
Chapter 2 The Roaring 20s: Promise, Chaos, and Controls
Chapter 3 The Terrible 30s: Profit and Depression
Chapter 4 The Furious 40s: War and Recovery--Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying…Transition to TV
Chapter 5 The Fearful 50s: Broadcasting and Blacklisting--A Decade of Shame
Chapter 6 The Soaring 60s: Awakening, Rebellion, and the Moon
Chapter 7 The Shifting 70s: Q and Q and Jiggle
Chapter 8 The Techno-Edged 80s: Teflon, Tinsel, and Me
Chapter 9 The Cyber 90s: Toward a New Century
Chapter 10 The New Century--The 2000s: Webs and Digits
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