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Listening in: Radio and the American Imagination

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At the beginning of this spirited and engaging cultural history, Douglas (communication studies, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor) refers to Erik Barnouw's three-volume History of Broadcasting in the United States (published between 1966 and 1970); she covers much of the same ground only quicker (one volume) and points out that each chapter could have bee
Paperback, 432 pages
Published February 25th 2004 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1999)
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D.
Nov 04, 2009 D. rated it it was amazing
Not just the history of radio but a focus on practices of listening, making it ideal for a sound studies class. Throughout, Douglas also makes great connections between technology, listening, and gender, making it great for gender studies classes as well.
Noah
Apr 14, 2014 Noah rated it liked it
This book sort of straddles the line between being a textbook and being a book for popular consumption, so how much you'd like it probably depends on how much rigor you want. If you want a surprisingly readable textbook on the subject, this is perfect. But for me, and probably for most people not taking a media studies class, it winds up being a somewhat dry, overly comprehensive approach.
lilly
Jan 04, 2013 lilly rated it really liked it
Interesting cultural history of American radio from the 1920s through the 1990s. She does a really nice job of bringing together the experiential aspects -- how radio shows and communication styles let people imagine themselves as parts of larger communities -- and the economic and policy forces that shaped the medium (and the experience, in turn).

If you're really interested in how the internet shapes publics and consciousness, you should read this book. The history of radio has much to teach an
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Darin Strachan
Dec 05, 2008 Darin Strachan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very comprehensive history of radio. It explains the changes in technology and formats and how that affects the way the general public listens. It is very concise through the late 1980's.
David
Jul 25, 2012 David rated it really liked it
The first academic book I've read cover-to-cover in a long time. Very compelling, detailed. A model.
John Parker
Feb 10, 2013 John Parker rated it liked it
Fun for a radio buff. I'll read parts of it again and go back to explore some references made.
christine.
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Reading it for school, for my Intro to Electronic Media Class
Kristin
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Susan J. Douglas is a prize-winning author, columnist, and cultural critic, and the Catherine Neafie Kellogg Professor of Communication Studies at The University of Michigan. Her book Where the Girls Are was widely praised, and chosen one of the top ten books of 1994 by National Public Radio, Entertainment Weekly and The McLaughlin Group. In her most recent book, Enlightened Sexism: The Seductive ...more
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