In A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II, Janice Peck and Inger L. Stole have collected sixteen essays that examine the remarkable role that media have played in post-WWII U.S. history. From an examination of the impact that the cold war and Senator McCarthy had on media content in the 1950s to an analysis of the role that Oprah Winfrey has played in shaping understandings of race in American culture, A Moment of Danger offers a wide array of critical studies, all of which, however, aim at thinking carefully not only about the way in which the modes of media keep us in contact with the world, but also about how they shape the way we understand ourselves and our world.
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Janice Peck is Associate Professor of media studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where her research and teaching focus on U.S. media, politics, and history. She has published articles and chapters on media theory, television and the family, cultural studies, TV talk shows, advertising, and representations of race in media Communication Theory, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Communication Review, and American Studies. Peck is author of The Gods of Televangelism: Religious Television and the Historical Crisis of Meaning (Hampden, 1993) and The Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era (Paradigm, 2008), a political history of Winfreys media empire. Her current research is on the political significance of celebrity philanthropy, with a particular focus on the issue of education reform.
--- Inger L. Stole is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her first book, Advertising on Trial: Consumer Activism and Corporate Public Relations in the 1930s, was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006. Her work has been published in International Journal of Communication, The Journal of American Culture, Consumption, Markets and Culture, Advertising and Society Review, and The Communication Review. Her present research explores the political and economic role of advertising during the Second World War and beyond.
A Moment of Danger marks a timely intervention into media history. Reminding us of the complex ways in which media and politics are inextricably connected, it is a must-read volume for all students of American history and culture. --- Michele Hilmes, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Our need to catalyze new understandings of postwar and contemporary US history has never been greater and this superb collection demonstrates that the role of communications must figure centrally in this effort. By retrieving repressed popular struggles for democratic communications and incisively critiquing our actually-existing media culture, its contributors compile a revelatory analysis. --- Dan Schiller, Professor of Library and Information Science & Communication, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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