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Listening In: Radio and the American…

Listening In: Radio and the American Imagination, from Amos 'n' Andy and…

by Susan J. Douglas

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I've just finished reading it. The authors proposal, set up at the intro, comes completly forward. It is very well written and articulated. I do hope the expectation expressed by the book end comes to fruition, of a new cycle of renewal for radio. It seems to be heading that way, after all the FCC/Congress just approved (2009/10 me thinks?) low power FM stations. It's also interesting to note the repeating motive of rebellion-integration showcased. This book certainly helped me frame some thoughts better and look at other ideas in a different light.

I just don't grasp so well - and freely admit some personal unwillingness on my part - this question of femine/masculine. I should probably head somewhere and read what is considered gender specific traits on general. ( )
  rreis | Nov 11, 2010 |
A social history of radio with a fresh approach. The book is a series of essays on various aspects of radio, but with a difference. Wonderfully written, with solid research and extensive back notes. Not a replacement for earlier radio his tories (like Erik Barnouw's) but a wonderful addition to them. I love her books and can't wait to find out what her next topic is. ( )
  NewsieQ | Mar 27, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0816644233, Paperback)

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

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