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American Character and the Influence of Film - a Retrospective

Clossman, Dr. Richard H

ISBN 10: 1477540431 / ISBN 13: 9781477540435
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012
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Title: American Character and the Influence of Film...

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform

Publication Date: 2012

Book Condition:Very Good

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The theme of this book— the American Character — is not mainly about film. Rather it is about America’s responses to the themes, financial successes, and the excitement experienced at the movie theater—and more recently in one’s living room watching television, videotape or DVD’s. The book’s theme is centered on the development of our national character traced over a relatively long period of time. This theme, of course, has moved the author out of his traditional field of history and into other fields such as social psychology, attracting him into fields where he had previously only passing acquaintance academically. This brief writing, admittedly, may seem “out of date” at first glance. Technology has moved far beyond the phenomenon of moving images capturing the attention of a technology-savvy populace. New popular innovations such as Face Book, emailing, twittering, blogging, texting, gaming and other new innovative digital functions are all the rage at the moment. This theme speaks more to the psychological and sociological impact upon our nation’s populace in general, and to the more historical narrative within the film industry itself, which has led to the evolution and the shaping of American Character. The American Character is a many-sided collection of attitudes that is continuously changing as the result of viewing film. The book represents more than thirty years of reading and collecting notes on the topic of moving images. Many of the notes reflect the early years of the history of motion pictures and the rise of film entertainment. The notes speak to the author’s continued interest in the history of the movie industry and particularly the influence of motion pictures as well as the more recent power of television upon American society. With the advent of the twenty-first century, a lengthy historical perspective, stretching back more than a century, reveals the rise and sometimes decline of moral character within American society. It is the author’s hope is that Americans will wisely learn to use personal restraint in the uses of film in the future. It will allow each of us to gain more control of our lives, our minds, and our souls.

About the Author:

Richard H. Clossman taught history at Judson College from 1972 until his retirement. He holds degrees from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.D.) and from Ohio State University (M.A., Ph.D.). Before coming to Judson College, he pastored and served on staff in churches in Ohio and West Virginia for ten years. He later directed the Baptist Student Ministry at Ball State University (Muncie, Indiana) for five years. Today, he and his wife Gloria reside in Elgin, Illinois.

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