By Raymond F. Betts, Lyz Bly
"This survey presents a thematic international background of pop culture concentrating on the interval because the finish of the second one global battle. Raymond F. Betts considers the speedy diffusion and "hybridization" of pop culture because the results of 3 stipulations of the area because the finish of worldwide struggle : on the spot communications, frequent intake in a market-based economic climate and the visualization of fact. Betts considers the dominance of yankee leisure media and conduct of intake, assessing version and adverse reactions to this influence." "Directed at scholars and normal readers involved in the scale and kinds of pop culture, the booklet presents an interesting advent to this pervasive and ever-changing subject."--BOOK JACKET. Read more... pop culture in an early twentieth-century surroundings -- pop culture joins the battle attempt -- Reconfiguring time and house -- photograph this : a brand new international of pictures -- all of the world's a level : modern leisure in its many kinds -- fortunately spaced out : the topography of delight and diversion -- The accidental results -- end : reconditioning the human
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The most admired – and listened to – radio commentator on foreign affairs was the American Edward R. Murrow who assumed his responsibility was to present fully and carefully the news item he was discussing in order to leave judgments to his listeners. Murrow joined CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) in 1937 and became its chief commentator in London in 1939. From there he described for millions of Americans the effects of the German bombing of London, the blitz in 1940–41. His verbal local color commentary on the ordinary English as they struggled to maintain their pluck and routines in a warscarred environment won sympathy for the British cause.
Visions of the future wheeled out As in the movies, if not in the advertising of the interwar period, the automobile was envisioned as the major source of future urban movement and form. The comic book hero Batman, making his caped appearance in 1939, did not depend on superhuman powers. Unlike Superman, Batman got around Gotham City in a supercharged automobile (the Batmobile). City planners and architects anticipated fast-moving city traffic, if not at Batman’s rocket-like pace. Their future vision turned out to be our contemporary nightmare: those “spaghetti junctions” that serve as the entranceways to all major cities.
This concept became a significant factor in making advertising ever more dominated by pictures. The roots of contemporary illustrated advertising were in poster art. Posting ads on city kiosks and country fences (or barns, in the American tradition) was a familiar practice, and the posters themselves became an art form. The fin-de-siècle artist Toulouse-Lautrec is the quintessential poster artist. In the interwar period, the poster expanded into the billboard, and the illustration grew to occupy complete pages of magazines.
A history of popular culture : more of everything, faster, and brighter by Raymond F. Betts, Lyz Bly