The 1950s was not only a time of a growing threat of communism and the fear of nuclear war, but it was also a time of increasing satisfaction in the latest consumer product: the television. TVs captivated the American public to the point where books were being forgotten about. Though books were still being bought and sold, some never made it to the shelf because of the growing amount of government censorship. The government not only censored books, but they also censored movies, content on radios, and other creative works. This censorship controlled what the American public read, watched, and heard, which in turn limited the information available to the public.
All Shook Up: How Rock ‘N’ Roll Changed America showcased how one aspect of the Cultural Revolution during the 1950s and 1960s supplemented the perfect storm of social reforms. The first half of the book, Dr. Glenn Altschuler, largely focused on how rock ‘n’ roll and those who wrote and produced it stirred up topics such as race and sexuality. As with any new social or cultural shift, rock ‘n’ roll faced an almost immediate resistance from both religious and fundamentalist extremists. In most cases, it was the same types of people that opposed rock ‘n’ roll also opposed other major social reforms such as racial integration.
What would you do in a dystopian society? Brainwashing has changed American society in many ways, mostly in negative ways. For instance, in the novel Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Bradbury states that society has been brainwashed into thinking that books are deleterious. The main character in the novel Guy Montag tries to convince society why books are important. On the other hand, society thinks that Montag was out of his mind.
(Gutzweiler 1) Buzzing with excitement, the theater hosted the first national screening of “A League of Their Own” on July 1, 1992 (Heeke 1). The Astra was one of the first to have air conditioning, to emphasize this, they put up penguin posters to bring people in. Some went, not to see the movies, but to feel the air conditioning.The cost being 12 to 10 cents, was a good deal to cool off and watch a movie, so the theater became a very popular place. Although the effects of the Great Depression seemed to have impacted other Indiana theaters, the Astra remained strong. Bernie used to say, “Now this is the business to be into; where everybody pays.” (Gutzweiler
Moral poverty of American pop culture means that in pop songs there really aren’t songs with meaning, that they create idealistic situations. Different people connect with music in different ways, for many teens music can be an escape from their real lives and show them a sort of promised
The Teams began to build stadiums which helped the sports industry tremendously. “The 19th century had admired its sporting heroes, but the mass media extended their reach, transforming local idols into national celebrities. Many cities built huge football stadiums and baseball parks. The number of Americans attending sports games doubled during the decade.” The sports industry impacted the 1920’s and clearly helped bring in fans and income towards the industry. The sports industry then led the newspaper industry to increase in production as well.“Ruth’s exploits filled newspapers and airwaves but failed to exhaust the appetite of American consumers for sports heroes and heroines.” The increase in production in the sports industry sparked baseball player Babe Ruth’s career which was the biggest sports headline during the 1920’s for newspapers which helped that industry as well.
I was smart. I was arrogant. I was lucky.’”(Alexie 7). Alexie broke down the oppressing doors that society had placed to hold them back. In the essay, “Superman and Me” by Sherman Alexie, the author uses an extended metaphor to compare himself to the comic book superhero,Superman.
1960s California was the hub for the anti-establishment cultural phenomenon, the fermenter for counterculture. An unprecedented number of unsatisfied youth was generated. They began rethinking the American dream, possibly yearning for an almost totalitarian rule, for sameness. However, as post-war trauma preoccupied their parents and other social authorities, these young people were perhaps never taught the correct way of rebellion. People in the 21st century are now most interested in 1960s’ fashion trends, musical legacy, free love, free speech, and civil rights.
Pop Art refers to the paintings, assemblages, and collages of a small, yet powerful group of artists, in the 1950s. The term “Pop Art” originated from Britain (Kinder 1). Artists like Andy Warhol, Mel Ramos, and Roy Lichtenstein each created multiple series of paintings based on comic book characters. The works of Tom Wesselmann, Ed Ruscha, and Claes Oldenburg established even greater amounts of depersonalization, irony, and even vulgarity into American fine art. Even though by the end of the decade Pop Art was obsolete, it quickly found a place in many of America’s premiere galleries (Kinder 2).
Kandinsky was one of the early exponents of abstract art. The Palette of fauves was closer to abstraction but did not explore into a major art form due to lack of presentation and patronage. Most of the post war artists of the west were looking towards the east in order to find a spiritual anchor the peace of eastern religions and the color pallet of the eastern art might have guided them into the paths of abstract art. The origin growth and development of Indian modern abstract art should be seen against the international backdrop. Abstract art became a huge moment in Indian art during the period of 1960 to 1970.
Still, it appears to be clear to me that today 's Americans commit additional time, cash and vitality in quest for insignificant popular culture than any time in recent memory. Whole TV stations are dedicated to one of my most loved inconsistent expressions, diversion news. A word from a talk show host can and inspires a large number of individuals to purchase a book that the greater part of them presumably will never read. Genuine magazines battle to discover new perusers, however magazines gave to the lives of motion picture stars make their owners rich, if not well known. Furthermore, obviously, there is this business of what makes an American Idol.
Out of all the new encounters Americans made during the 1920 's, new jazz music was definitely the most monumental. Although about 71 percent of Americans were below the poverty line, it is depicted as a time when many wealthy people went out to party (Bure). Radios were more accessible now, so music was heard everywhere (Bone 469-470). Americans had never heard so much music so often, and reacted in a sort of frenzy. Americans of any income level could now own a radio, so music was a new pastime for many (Howes.
Once again, the underrepresented lacked representation because commercialization erased hip-hop origins from the genre. The genre split into mainstream and underground hip-hop. Mainstream hip-hop was the music of artists signed to large record labels. Mainstream hip-hop artists experienced large paychecks and fame because of commercialization. Underground hip-hop was the music of artists who refused to get rid of hip-hop’s origins.
“Millar said he changed the storyline, created by Jerome Siegel and Joseph Shuster in 1934, to create a modern commentary on ‘unethical American foreign policy’” (Boztas). Millar says it is so, so it must be; but Millar also admits, in his article in the Sunday Times, that DC wanted him to radically change Superman to sell more comics. It is feasible that both could be true and the vilification came with the writing process as Millar was given this task. America learning that they can’t take control wherever they want to might have been the point Millar was trying to get across and it is there but a larger point emerged while this mini-series was being created. “Yet in many ways, by mixing up Superman with real world politics, Millar is helping to return the character to his roots” (Heer).
Could you imagine a world without books? Although it is difficult to think of a world without books, there are many novels, films, and actual places in the world where books are scarce or nonexistent. With all the new technology in the world, books seem to no longer have a purpose but, is the new technology becoming dangerous for the people? In the novel, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, the people live in a society where books are banned since there is so much new technology available. Without books, people do not have their own voice and opinion, they just believe whatever the government tells them.