Electric Sounds: Technological Change and the Rise of Corporate Mass Media (Film and Culture Series)

Electric Sounds: Technological Change and the Rise of Corporate Mass Media (Film and Culture Series)

Steve J. Wurtzler


Electric Sounds brings to shiny lifestyles an period while options within the creation, recording, and transmission of sound revolutionized a couple of varied media, specially the radio, the phonograph, and the cinema.

The Nineteen Twenties and Thirties marked essentially the most vital advancements within the historical past of the yankee mass media: the movie industry's conversion to synchronous sound, the increase of radio networks and advertising-supported broadcasting, the institution of a federal regulatory framework on which U.S. communications coverage remains to be established, the improvement of a number of robust media conglomerates, and the beginning of a brand new acoustic commodity during which a unmarried tale, track, or different product was once made on hand to shoppers in a number of media types and formats.

But what function might this new media play in society? Celebrants observed a chance for academic and cultural uplift; critics feared the degradation of the factors of public flavor. a few believed acoustic media may satisfy the promise of participatory democracy by means of greater informing the general public, whereas others observed a chance for manipulation. The concepts of this era brought on not just a restructuring and consolidation of company mass media pursuits and a shift within the conventions and styles of media intake but additionally a renegotiation of the social features assigned to mass media types.

Steve J. Wurtzler's impeccably researched background provides a brand new size to the learn of sound media, proving that the final word shape know-how takes isn't predetermined. fairly, it really is formed by way of conflicting visions of technological threat in monetary, cultural, and political nation-states. Electric Sounds additionally illustrates the method by which applied sciences turn into media and the ways that media are built-in into American life.

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