For your next online writing assignment I want you to concentrate on the emerging consumer/entertainment society detailed in some of our recent readings covering the end of the 19th century and the start of the 20th century.
Please cite and discuss material from the following articles:
- "Dream Worlds of Consumption" by Rosalynd Williams
- "The Making of the Phonograph" by Joseph Sterne (especially his discussion on pp. 158-9 of the decline of "parlor culture" and the rise of "consumerist" culture)
- "Early Motion Pictures" by Daniel Czitrom (especially his discussion of the "fundamental shift in the values of American civilization" on pp. 164-165)
- "Mass Media and the Star System" by Jib Fowles (entire selection)