For this assignment, write a minimum of 300 words on A Face in the Crowd as a commentary on American mass media during the "broadcast" era. You will want to review Tom Standage's thoughts on this era in the chapter "The Opposite of Social Media" (ch. 10 in The Writing on the Wall). Also, review the selections on radio, the "star system" and especially television in CIH.
How does the film depict the role of radio and television in shaping the experiences and expectations of society in the period? What makes for a mass media "star"? How does such a star fit into the "star system" of the mass media? What kind of relationships are formed between the star and the "faceless" audience whom he appeals to and upon whom he relies? How is the star and the system he expresses and supports particularly American in this film----in values, imagery, commercial content, etc?
Finally, you might consider what this prescient film from 1957 gets right about the future----especially the capacity for mass media, advertising, celebrity culture, etc. to impact American society and politics.