Saturday, April 26, 2008

Radio As An Educational Force.

"I have long been convinced that the invention of radio, the talking film, and television is destined to affect the process and scope of education with quite as revolutionary results as followed in the wake of the invention of the printing press." - Glenn Frank. 1935.

Mr. Glenn Frank, the president of the University of Wisconsin, believed that the radio changed the world. It has forcefully affected the world in terms of education and moral culture. He thought that this bonded people, it brought them together because they would be seperate individuals listening to the same thing at the same time. It was also bringing people together during the hard times with the economy. It was extraordinary.

"Radio, the talking film, and television can warm, illumine, and fertilize the routines of education by bringing to them, as spur and supplement, the supreme teaching geniuses of the generation."

All these new technologies had such an affect that they changed and influenced peoples' emotions. It made them feel comfortable, excited, and suspenseful. It also was very educational because the information they heard on the radio or saw on a television, whether it was about the war, the economy, or culture, people were learning.

"Even the most average of Americans is a more critical listener when he is not part of a mass meeting......When the statesman steps up to the microphone, his ideas must stand on their own feet without benefit of the crutch of emotionalized crowd reaction."

It was easier to pay attention in the peoples' homes where few could gather around the radio to listen to what the president or whoever was making a speech. If there were crowds of people on the street or many students in a classroom, it was harder to pay attention with possible discussions at the same time. When the president would deliever speeches, he had the American audience in the palm of his hand because they were all listening in to what he was saying. He has to be simple and clear with his words. If he talks with such long sentences, his audiences' attention span will decrease. Franklin D. Roosevelt really knew what that was about.


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