Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Research Note: Jazz, Radio, and Modernism

"Radio programming, in many ways, defined the parameters of discourse about modern America by shaping the way the public perceived events. [...] To a great degree, radio shaped what people knew about their society at large, but it did not present a modern or unified message. While radio technology symbolized the modernity of the nation, program content reinforced traditional notions of society, especially about race. Radio, like almost everything else in 1927, expressed the ambiguities Americans experienced in their search for modern America."

Charles J. Shindo. 1927 and the Rise of Modern America, page 184.

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