Public interests fills in a key piece of the history of american social reform movements revealing pressure groups deep investments in influencing both television programming and broadcasting policy vividly illustrating the resilience flexibility and diversity of media activist campaigns from the 1950s onward the book offers valuable lessons that can be applied to current battles over . Histories of american broadcasting can sometimes sound like the historian edward gibbon outlining the fall of the roman empire a remarkable creation populated b. Television can be a blessing such as rarely comes to mankindnew york timescritic jack gould opined in 1946 or it can be a veritable menace of frightening proportions1 for the majority of americans in 1946 however television was more of a promise than a part of their everyday livesfew stations were on the air and programming was an erratic mix of sporting events boxing . Download citation public interests media advocacy and struggles over us television nearly as soon as television began to enter american homes in the late 1940s social activists recognized . 2018 public interests media advocacy and struggles over us television historical journal of film radio and television vol 38 no 2 pp 439 441
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