Lecture 8 23rd - AMS 2030 Belgrad McCarthyism and the...

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AMS 2030 Belgrad McCarthyism and the Politics of TV I. Television in Politics A. Eisenhower vs. Stevenson in 1952 B. Nixon’s “Checkers” speech Sense of intimacy People were on the television in the family room Similar to the beginning of the radio Sentimentalism Ideal life in the 50’s was surrounded by suburbia Nixon was able to make a sentimental connection between himself and the American viewer “Checker” is the name of the dog that their family got as a present from Texas after the election Points in the direction of the idea of “confession”: o Idea that he’s been accused of something and the way to overt this action is to tell the public everything o Testament to his patriotism o Idea developed during McCarthy-ism II. Joseph McCarthy and the Second Red Scare Communist activists created a fifth column within the American society Effort to get communism out of social and political power
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course AMS 3030 taught by Professor Danielbelgrad during the Fall '09 term at University of South Florida - Tampa.

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Lecture 8 23rd - AMS 2030 Belgrad McCarthyism and the...

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