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“A worthwhile effort.” –The Hindustan Times “Children and Television provides a detailed description of the patterns of representation of different groups on children's television programs (including commercial broadcast, public broadcast, and cable) and their potential consequences for the development of people's worldviews. … Children and Television is a readable and interesting introduction to research on children and television by scholars in a variety of social science disciplines as well as media professions.” Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media “There is much in this collection of 22 essays which will be of interest to anyone concerned with understanding children's interaction with television.” –Media Development “The issues addressed in Children and Television, are of critical importance to us at PBS. Congratulations on completing this thoughtful work. We ...

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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