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The Expanding Vista: American Television in the Kennedy Years

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As American politics and television became more closely intertwined in the early 1960s, each underwent enormous and long-lasting changes. In The Expanding Vista, originally published in 1990 (Oxford University Press), Mary Ann Watson looks at how television was woven into the events and policies of John Kennedy’s presidency, not only in his unprecedented use of the medium ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 13th 1994 by Duke University Press Books (first published 1990)
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Jun 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
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The Expanding Vista expounds on the minute details of the political change that was initiated with the Television and J.F.K.'s first use of this media. It goes into detail about Newton Minnow who was given the position to direct the FCC.

It also talked to some detail about Newton Minnows Wasteland Speech:

"When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers — nothing is better.
But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front o
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Brian
Nov 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Televisions rocky development is captured in this wonderful book. It covers the start of TV and the types of shows that were on. It comes in just after the game show scandals and focuses on the more violent programs that Newton Minow the head of the FCC tried to regulate. It looks at children programming development and the idea of news. You get a sense of the presidential debates and how they brought TV in as a popular medium but the touching tribute comes at the end. When Kennedy is killed the ...more
Cary O'Dell
Aug 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent broadcast history by one of the finest historians working today.
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