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By: George Comstock

In: Children & Television: Images in a Changing Sociocultural World

Chapter 8: The Medium and the Society: The Role of Television in American Life

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The Medium and the Society: The Role of Television in American Life
The medium and the society: The role of television in American life
GeorgeComstock

The only item to rival television in consumer excitement in the years after World War II was the auto, newly arrived from Detroit plants converted from the war effort. Sightseers flocked to dealerships and prospective buyers joined waiting lists. Television similarly quickened the acquisitive pulse. Introduced in the late 1940s and early 1950s, the medium immediately captured the public's enduring fancy with onlookers clustering around the windows of appliance outlets where it was displayed in operation. In communities where it was introduced immediately, it took a mere 4 years before three fourths of households had sets. Where it was introduced later, after ...

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