For some questions, the author gives me more than i want or don't know i want, and for other questions i think i have to continue the quest of reading more. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie: the celebrities of the day were circus tycoons P. In American Nations, Colin Woodard leads us on a journey through the history of our fractured continent. Social control and respectability vied with the bold, erotic, sensational, and surprising, as entrepreneurs sought to manipulate the vagaries of the market, control shifting public appetites, and capitalize on campaigns to protect public morals. Ashby describes how history and politics frequently influence mainstream entertainment.
Personalities such as Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordan are more recognizable to many people than are most elected officials. Sometimes clamping down and sometimes liberating or merely relieving the monotony of the Interesting and nuanced picture of the history of American pop culture with a three-dimensional depiction of its positive and negative aspects from about 1830 to about 2005. In those great battles, those streams ran red with blood-and the United States was truly born. The most interesting part for me is the fact that nothing seems to change in regards to every generation of political and religious leaders warning about the dangers of insert choice of entertainment and the corruption it'll have on youth and families and the moral decay it'll bring. Personalities such as Elvis Presley, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordan are more recognizable to many people than are most elected officials. Popular culture is a central part of everyday life to many Americans.
Ashby describes how history and politics frequently influence mainstream entertainment. Ashby covers a whole lot of content, arenas of popular culture, and events within popular culture. He achieved both goals, and Dragnet remains a key influence on subsequent police dramas in many media. Paying careful attention to matters of race, gender, class, technology, economics, and politics, LeRoy Ashby emphasizes the complex ways in which popular culture simultaneously reflects and transforms American culture, revealing that the world of entertainment constantly evolves as it tries to meet the demands of a diverse audience. But the early 1900's were interesting. Ashby describes how history and politics frequently influence mainstream entertainment.
. McPherson, professor emeritus of U. An interesting overview of American popular culture extending to sports, performing arts, and general diversions. Still, one hopes that Ashby is only the beginning of other long, sober, scholarly engagements of pop culture in the future. Rock 'n Roll was one such fringe culture; in the 1950s, Elvis blurred gender norms with his androgynous style and challenged conventions of public decency with his sexually-charged performances.
By the early twentieth century, however, black minstrel acts reveled in racial tensions, reinforcing stereotypes while at the same time satirizing them and mocking racist attitudes before a predominantly white audience. The country was larger, richer, and more extensive but also more diverse. I skipped to eras that I know 50's to 90's and was surprised by how much they missed or ignored. Interesting Info, Poor Narration There was a lot of interesting info about the history of amusement in America and the related sociological implications. The unity that the Civil War supposedly secured had proved ephemeral. Sports, theater, film, Television, and video games, etc. Decades later, Red Foxx and Richard Pryor's profane comedy routines changed American entertainment.
At the time, I must just not have been very interested, and even when I started re-reading it, it took me a while to crack what he was saying. His voice and performance are just fine If you could give With Amusement for All a new subtitle, what would it be? It's not a bad book. Trends in popular entertainment often reveal the tensions between competing ideologies, appetites, and values in American society. Sometimes clamping down and sometimes liberating or merely relieving the monotony of the lifecycle. Please break this book up into 4-5 sections. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie: the celebrities of the day were circus tycoons P.
When Native Americans, blacks, and other non-whites appeared in the 19th-century circuses and Wild West shows, it was often to perpetuate demeaning racial stereotypes crowds jeered Sitting Bull at Cody's shows. Ashby has rendered an invaluable service. Based on over 200 original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff's groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past 100 years. Researches events ranging from Wild West shows to Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunctions during the 2004 Super Bowl. I don't think it would spoil the book though, since he never rants about it, and he narrative is right in a lot of ways, even on the feminism bits I agree that women have had the raw deal in a lot of cultures, even if I'm not happy with the workforce bit. Trends in popular entertainment often reveal the tensions between competing ideologies, appetites, and values in American society. I have never seen any of my friends having this thought, they just blend in, just enjoy whatever fits their desires or i really have small circle of friends.
Surely Protestantism struggled through it's lack of hegemony in the fifties and sixties and that story is worth telling. If you need more convincing about our long track record of providing students with rock bottom prices just check out over twenty thousand customer reviews that have been left on our Ebay store by clicking. It was interesting reading it years later. Would you ever listen to anything by LeRoy Ashby again? I'll admit that I skipped a lot of the 1800's. Eisenhower's accomplishments were enormous and loom ever larger from the vantage point of our own tumultuous times. Adah Isaacs Menken astonished crowds by wearing tights that made her appear nude while performing dangerous stunts on horseback, and the shows of the voluptuous burlesque group British Blondes often centered on provocative images of female sexual power and dominance.
With Amusement for All provides the context to what Americans have done for fun since 1830, showing the reciprocal nature of the relationships between social, political, economic, and cultural forces and the way in which the entertainment world has reflected, refracted, or reinforced the values those forces represent in America. He spends a great deal of time talking about talk shows, and radio. However it really got botched around the 80's and 90's. The easy linear narrative is punctuated by songs, comic anecdotes, and rich descriptions that bring each era to life. Mainstream entertainment has often co-opted and sanitized fringe amusements in an ongoing process of redefining the cultural center and its boundaries. Shows like Seinfeld, 90210 and Friends were not even mentioned. Minstrelsy, in which white men would cover their faces with blackened cork to sing songs and tell tales in demeaning parody of African Americans, was the single most popular form of entertainment in 19th-century America.