Listening In by Susan J. Douglas
Radio and the American Imagination, from Amos 'n' Andy and Edward R. Murrow to W olfman Jack and Howard Stern

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Few inventions evoke such nostalgia, such deeply personal and vivid memories as radio?from Amos ?n? Andy and Edward R. Murrow to Wolfman Jack and Howard Stern. Listening In is the first in-depth history of how radio culture and content have kneaded and expanded the American psyche.

But Listening In is more than a history. It is also a reconsideration of what listening to radio has done to American culture in the twentieth century and how it has brought a completely new auditory dimension to our lives. Susan Douglas explores how listening has altered our day-to-day experiences and our own generational identities, cultivating different modes of listening in different eras; how radio has shaped our views of race, gender roles, ethnic barriers, family dynamics, leadership, and the generation gap. With her trademark wit, Douglas has created an eminently readable cultural history of radio.

"Douglas?s wonderful book offers a sophisticated history of radio listening." ?Journal of American History

 

About Susan J. Douglas

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Susan J. Douglas, Ph.D., is a professor of communication studies at the University of Michigan -- Ann Arbor. The author of Where the Girls Are: Growing Up Female with the Mass Media, she lives with her husband and daughter in Ann Arbor.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published February 25, 2004 by Univ Of Minnesota Press. 452 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, History, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Tracing radio's development from the early days of wireless to the shock jocks and NPR commentators of the '90s, Douglas (Where the Girls Are) delivers a carefully researched and well-documented look

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Tracing radio's development from the early days of wireless to the shock jocks and NPR commentators of the '90s, Douglas (Where the Girls Are) delivers a carefully researched and well-documented look

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