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Culture, Entertainment and Listening Habits in The West German Discourse on Radio During the 1950s

Benno Nietzel

This article examines the intellectual discourse in West Germany on the role of entertainment in radio programs during the 1950s. Although accounting for most of the airtime and being an assigned mission of public broadcasters, many radio officials and experts continued to be suspicious of entertainment. Strongly adhering to the classical tradition of highbrow culture, these humanistic intellectuals had difficulties accepting entertainment as an integral component of broadcasting. The only discursive path for them to adopt entertainment as a legitimate concept was to discuss its specific contribution in the context of Bildung and Kultur. The article thus provides insight into how members of the cultural elites came-to-terms with the rise of popular culture during the 1950s.

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Using Popular Culture to Trace and Assess Political Change

Niko Switek

commercial television channel challenged established public broadcasters in their traditional position of providing critical information adds to the notion that investigative journalism on television fails to make a meaningful impact on the broader public

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Educational Films: A Historical Review of Media Innovation in Schools

Eckhardt Fuchs, Anne Bruch, and Michael Annegarn-Gläß

Translator : Nicola Watson

-‘Sponsored’ Film Production and the Construction of a ‘Global Village’, 1948–1953,” The Velvet Light Trap 75 (2015): 88–106. 27 Television for Schools was also introduced in the 1960s as part of a regular schedule offered by public broadcasters. 28 An English

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Inflation as Talk, Economy as Feel

Notes Towards an Anthropology of Inflation

Myriam Amri

moments into public broadcasts, the bringing together and dispersing of disparate temporalities and spatialities’ ( Papailias 2017: 87 ). Inflation-talk, as it ‘begins and ends in broad circulation’ ( Stewart 2007: 4 ) moves between social registers