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The Resource The democratic surround : multimedia and American liberalism from World War II to the psychedelic sixties, Fred Turner

The democratic surround : multimedia and American liberalism from World War II to the psychedelic sixties, Fred Turner

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The democratic surround : multimedia and American liberalism from World War II to the psychedelic sixties
Title
The democratic surround
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multimedia and American liberalism from World War II to the psychedelic sixties
Statement of responsibility
Fred Turner
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Language
eng
Summary
We commonly think of the psychedelic sixties as an explosion of creative energy and freedom that arose in direct revolt against the social restraint and authoritarian hierarchy of the early Cold War years. Yet, as Fred Turner reveals in The Democratic Surround, the decades that brought us the Korean War and communist witch hunts also witnessed an extraordinary turn toward explicitly democratic, open, and inclusive ideas of communication and with them new, flexible models of social order. Surprisingly, he shows that it was this turn that brought us the revolutionary multimedia and wild-eyed individualism of the 1960s counterculture. In this prequel to his celebrated book From Counterculture to Cyberculture, Turner rewrites the history of postwar America, showing how in the 1940s and {8217}50s American liberalism offered a far more radical social vision than we now remember. Turner tracks the influential mid-century entwining of Bauhaus aesthetics with American social science and psychology. From the Museum of Modern Art in New York to the New Bauhaus in Chicago and Black Mountain College in North Carolina, Turner shows how some of the most well-known artists and intellectuals of the forties developed new models of media, new theories of interpersonal and international collaboration, and new visions of an open, tolerant, and democratic self in direct contrast to the repression and conformity associated with the fascist and communist movements. He then shows how their work shaped some of the most significant media events of the Cold War, including Edward Steichen{8217}s Family of Man exhibition, the multimedia performances of John Cage, and, ultimately, the psychedelic Be-Ins of the sixties. Turner demonstrates that by the end of the 1950s this vision of the democratic self and the media built to promote it would actually become part of the mainstream, even shaping American propaganda efforts in Europe. Overturning common misconceptions of these transformational years, The Democratic Surround shows just how much the artistic and social radicalism of the sixties owed to the liberal ideals of Cold War America, a democratic vision that still underlies our hopes for digital media today.--
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Turner, Fred
Dewey number
  • 302.230973
  • 973.92
  • 302.230973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • Mass media
  • Liberalism
  • Popular culture
  • Counterculture
  • Cold War
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The democratic surround : multimedia and American liberalism from World War II to the psychedelic sixties, Fred Turner
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-348) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
World War II and the making of the democratic surround -- Where did all the fascists come from? -- World War II and the question of national character -- The new language of vision -- The new landscape of sound -- The democratic surround in the Cold War -- The Cold War and the democratic personality -- The museum of modern art makes the world a family -- Therapeutic nationalism -- The coming of the counterculture
Control code
FIEb17380613
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
365 pages
Isbn
9780226817460
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)834409169
Label
The democratic surround : multimedia and American liberalism from World War II to the psychedelic sixties, Fred Turner
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 327-348) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
World War II and the making of the democratic surround -- Where did all the fascists come from? -- World War II and the question of national character -- The new language of vision -- The new landscape of sound -- The democratic surround in the Cold War -- The Cold War and the democratic personality -- The museum of modern art makes the world a family -- Therapeutic nationalism -- The coming of the counterculture
Control code
FIEb17380613
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
365 pages
Isbn
9780226817460
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)834409169

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