Assignment 9 – Broadcast

Czitrom writes on p. 88: Less than fifty years after the first
wireless explorations, radio broadcasting stood at the very
center of American society, an integral part of economic,
political, and cultural processes. Radio succeeded not in
filling the utopian visions first aroused by wireless
technology but in appropriating those urges for
commercial interests….

Seventy years after this date, would you say that this
characterization still holds of broadcasting — including
both radio and television? In specific terms, how similar is
the content of modern broadcasting to that described by
Czitrom for the 1930′s and 1940′s and how is it different?
On the whole which are more striking — the similarities or
the differences?

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