By Jim Cullen
A brief historical past of the fashionable Media offers a concise historical past of the foremost media of the final one hundred fifty years, together with print, degree, movie, radio, tv, sound recording, and the Internet.
- Offers a compact, teaching-friendly presentation of the background of mass media
- Features a dialogue of works in pop culture which are famous and simply available
- Presents a heritage of contemporary media that's strongly interdisciplinary in nature
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Though the names Maria Cummins, Mrs. N. Southworth, and Susan Warner are known today mostly to feminist literary historians, they were bona fide celebrities of their time on the basis of their writing, as was the tart-tongued newspaper columnist Fanny Fern. Hawthorne famously wrote with jealousy of the ‘‘damned female scribblers’’ whose fame he never matched; Melville’s attempt to explore the sentimental style of such writers, Pierre (1852), was a critical and commercial disaster that effectively ended his career as a novelist.
At the time of his death he was planning to launch a magazine of his own in Philadelphia. In literary terms, Poe was a sprinter, not a long-distance runner: many of his tales run to fewer than 10 pages. He published books of short stories and poems, and his only novel, a seafaring tale called The Narrative of Gordon Pym (1838), was also brief. But Poe packed a tremendous punch. One of his most famous characters, an elegant Parisian of simple – and nocturnal – tastes, C. Auguste Dupin, appeared in a mere three stories, among them Poe’s masterpieces ‘‘The Murders at the Rue Morgue’’ (1841) and ‘‘The Purloined Letter’’ (1844), which laid the foundations for the modern detective story.
Many newspapers embraced the avowedly egalitarian values of the Democratic Party generally and the presidency of Andrew Jackson in particular (though there were exceptions, like Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune, which reflected the views of the opposition Whig Party). Democracy was not always pretty. Celebrations of freedom for some rested on a belief in the necessity of enslaving others; in many states, teaching slaves to read was banned. Mass opinion also often involved all manner of mockery of women, immigrants, or anyone who held unconventional views.