Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Chapter, 10:The Costitution of the Air (1)

Starr,Paul. The Creation of the Mass Media The Constitution of the Air, The Origins of Broadcasting.

"There couldn't have been a more fitting occasion for the debut of American broadcasting than an election night. In the following years, political decisions about the basic structural arrangements and rules of broadcasting, moreover, the age of print-dominated public sphere would begin to wane: Within two decades, according to public opinion surveys, radio would overtake newspapers as Americans primary source of news, and national political leaders would use radio to communicate directly with public, bypassing newspapers, parties and other locally based organizations. In short, the institutional framework adopted for radio would become significant part of the framework politics itself. And because the structure adopted for the radio would later be carried over to television in the United States and other countries, the political decisions made during the 1920s were to have especially significant and long-lasting effects"(Starr,328).

This passage is talking about how people did not feel the need for the newspaper. Radio was booming many people got the news through the airways. Everything broadcast through the airways. Radio was the framework of politics every politician thought that they they could be heard better and reach the community better through the airways. The people who could not make it to the debate had a chance of listening and also hearing the politicians clearly to make their decision. So many of the politicians wanted to be clear and also made sure that the people heard them clearly and what they had to say.


At 11:24 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post. A good quote.

How did the rise of radio change American politics? What was the new relationship between broadcasters an politicians? Politics needed to change in the age of broadcasting.


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