By Jim Cullen

ISBN-10: 1444351419

ISBN-13: 9781444351415

A brief historical past of the trendy Media provides a concise historical past of the key media of the final a hundred and fifty years, together with print, degree, movie, radio, tv, sound recording, and the Internet.

  • Offers a compact, teaching-friendly presentation of the historical past of mass media
  • Features a dialogue of works in pop culture which are recognized and simply available
  • Presents a background of contemporary media that's strongly interdisciplinary in nature

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Indeed, in certain respects it acquired a prestige that it previously lacked. For example, magazine publishers responded to the challenge of up-to-the-minute radio broadcasting by developing newsweeklies like Time and Life that took a more reflective and analytic approach, both visually and in terms of their writing. Novels, which had been at least vaguely disreputable for much of the nineteenth century, were now widely seen as vehicles for the highest forms of artistic expression. Young men and women strived to become novelists the way later generations hoped to be rock stars or video-game designers.

But even after American independence was secured, the nation’s culture remained literally and figuratively imported, and thus all the more pricey. The United States may have achieved its political independence in 1776, but in many respects, among them cultural, it remained a British colony for decades afterward. ’’ asked the Reverend Sydney Smith, founder of the highbrow Edinborough Review, in 1820. It was a rhetorical question. But even as Smith posed his sneering query, the United States was on the brink of a transformation.

Twilight too has a werewolf dimension in the third character of the love triangle, Jacob Black. Horror, meanwhile, continues to thrive in other media. ‘‘Goth,’’ subgenre of heavy-metal rock that emerged in the 1980s in bands like The Damned and The Cure, continues to have adherents. The Goth look has also become perennial in youth fashion. And horror video games are among the most widely played, complete with an active online community. Ghosts remain alive in machines. I’m afraid horror is here to stay.

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