The Visual Focus of American Media Culture in the Twentieth Century: The Modern Era, 1893-1945

The Visual Focus of American Media Culture in the Twentieth Century: The Modern Era, 1893-1945

The Visual Focus of American Media Culture in the Twentieth Century: The Modern Era, 1893-1945

The Visual Focus of American Media Culture in the Twentieth Century: The Modern Era, 1893-1945

Synopsis

This is a sociocultural history of the visually oriented mass media forms that beguiled American society from the 1890s to the end of World War II. The purpose of the work is to show how revolutionary technological advances during these years were instrumental in helping create a unique culture of media-made origins. By focusing on the communal appeal of both traditional and new modes of visual expression as welcome diversions from the harsh realities of life, this book also attends to the American people's affinity for those special individuals whose talent, vision, and lifestyle introduced daring new ways to avoid the ordinariness of life by fantasizing it. Also examined is the sociocultural impact of an ongoing democratization process that through its nurturing of a responsive media culture gradually eroded the polar postures of the elite and mass cultures so that by the mid-1940s signs of a coming postmodern alliance were in the air. Illustrated. Before his retirement Wiley Lee Umphlett served as an administrator/professor at the University of West. Florida for more than twenty-five years.
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