A History of Popular Culture: More of Everything, Faster and by Raymond F. Betts, Lyz Bly

By Raymond F. Betts, Lyz Bly

This full of life and informative survey offers a thematic worldwide background of pop culture targeting the interval because the finish of the second one global War.

A historical past of renowned Culture

explores the swift diffusion and 'hybridization' of pop culture because the results of 3 stipulations of the realm because the finish of worldwide battle : prompt communications, frequent intake in a market-based economic climate and the visualization of fact. Betts considers the dominance of yank leisure media and conduct of intake, assessing version and damaging reactions to this effect.

The writer surveys quite a lot of themes, including:

  • the emergence and stipulations of contemporary pop culture
  • the results of world clash
  • the phenomenon and results of urbanization
  • the altering demography of the political area and the paintings position
  • the improvement of latest track tradition
  • film, tv and visible adventure
  • the progress of activity as a advertisement enterprise.

Now up to date, through Lyz Bly, to incorporate significant advancements resembling blogs and social networks, YouTube.com, and greater applied sciences akin to the iPhone, iPod, and iPad in addition to the way the net has reshaped the methods we devour media. The ebook offers an enticing creation to this pervasive and ever-changing topic.

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Workers moved from one house to another, in reverse assembly-line procedure, performing a particular function. The technique allowed for a mushrooming community, both praised and denounced, but one of the first housing developments designed to accommodate the automobile. Indeed, it was the omnipresence of the automobile that made such housing development possible. Perhaps another way to measure this global urbanization is to consider and count the number of newly emerging televisions shows that were urban situation comedies, such as Leave It to Beaver (1957), set in the single-family home, and I Love Lucy (1951), an apartment-situated comedy.

View the film Mr. ) With deliberate irony about twenty years later the anti-war movement adopted the neo-military look as casual fashion. The hippies, youngsters who happily disengaged from the work-ethic society, laid back, as the term goes, in communes of simple self-sufficiency. Their counter-culture attire, mismatched and misplaced, consisted of army uniforms: jackets, overcoats with military regalia left sewn on. Perhaps the most unusual legacy of World War Two has been the persistent and widespread fascination with the war in the one country not destroyed by it: the United States, of course.

The French filmmaker Abel Gance made his antiwar film denouncing its barbarity, J’accuse, in 1919. King Vidor in 1925 made what is considered one of the best films about the war, The Big Parade, in which the plot concerned the problems of a wounded American foot-soldier. These cinematic developments in and about World War One were minuscule and sporadic when compared with the outburst and output of World War Two. 28 A History of Popular Culture The mobility of action in World War Two – tanks and aircraft allowing the creation of blitzkrieg or lightning warfare – and its near ubiquity on all of the major continents led to the introduction of a new American military term “theater of operations” to describe the military scene.

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