By Raymond F. Betts, Lyz Bly
This energetic and informative survey offers a thematic worldwide historical past of pop culture targeting the interval because the finish of the second one global struggle. Raymond Betts considers the fast diffusion and 'hybridization' of pop culture because the results of 3 stipulations of the area because the finish of global battle : on the spot communications, frequent intake in a market-based economic climate and the visualization of truth. Betts considers the dominance of yank leisure media and conduct of intake, assessing version and damaging reactions to this effect. the writer surveys a variety of issues, together with: * the emergence and prerequisites of contemporary pop culture* the consequences of world clash* the phenomenon and results of urbanization* the altering demography of the political enviornment and the paintings position* the advance of up to date track tradition* movie, tv and visible adventure* the expansion of game as a enterprise. Directed at scholars and normal readers all for the size and kinds of pop culture, the booklet presents an interesting creation to this pervasice and ever-changing topic.
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The first still photography at the battlefront was in the Crimean War (1854–56), and the first filming was by the French company Pathé of the siege of Fort Arthur during the Russo-Japanese War (1904–05). In World War One, movies were made abundantly of the battlefield, which soon after became a feature film genre. D. W. Griffith made Hearts of the World, depicting trench warfare, in 1918. The French filmmaker Abel Gance made his antiwar film denouncing its barbarity, J’accuse, in 1919. King Vidor in 1925 made what is considered one of the best films about the war, The Big Parade, in which the plot concerned the problems of a wounded American foot-soldier.
The new war expanded the dimensions of popular culture. The world goes to war: Bob Hope (1903–2003) entertaining troops on New Georgia in the Solomon Islands, 1 January 1944 (© Bettmann/CORBIS). 2 Popular culture joins the war effort Along with the explosion of countless bombs and artillery shells, popular culture burst on the landscape of World War Two. Consumer products and entertainment, pleasure and diversion – particularly for the millions of young Americans who became soldiers – were introduced to large numbers of civilians in war-torn countries.
Humphrey Bogart, for instance, all but made the cigarette an external part of his personality. When Bette Davis, film hussy of the 1930s, ground a cigarette into an ash tray, the sense of anger or wrath was converted into a dramatic action. Paul Henreid added to cigarette allure when, in the film Now, Voyager (1942) he lit two cigarettes at once and then handed one to Miss Davis, an act found scandalous by some viewers. In its own way the cigarette, like the automobile, became a symbol of power and a sign of sexual prowess.