The revolution wasn't televised sixties television and social conflict

Lynn B Spigel, Michael Curtin

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Caricatures of sixties television--called a "vast wasteland" by the FCC president in the early sixties--continue to dominate our perceptions of the era and cloud popular understanding of the relationship between pop culture and larger social forces. Opposed to these conceptions, The Revolution Wasn't Televised explores the ways in which prime-time television was centrally involved in the social conflicts of the 1960s. It was then that television became a ubiquitous element in American homes. The contributors in this volume argue that due to TV's constant presence in everyday life, it became the object of intense debates over childraising, education, racism, gender, technology, politics, violence, and Vietnam. These essays explore the minutia of TV in relation to the macro-structure of sixties politics and society, attempting to understand the struggles that took place over representation the nation's most popular communications media during the 1960s

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Revolution Wasn't Televised
Subtitle of host publicationSixties Television and Social Conflict
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages361
ISBN (Electronic)9781135205409
ISBN (Print)0415911214, 9780415911214
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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