Society in the mid 1990s - context Sputnik 1950's most popular TV shows crime rates went down people stopped seeing movies ordinary folk suddenly

Society in the mid 1990s - context Sputnik 1950's most...

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- context: Sputnik - 1950's, most popular TV shows - crime rates went down, people stopped seeing movies - ordinary folk suddenly attained star quality- they had knowledge and could answer questions Scandal - 1956 and 1957: world of quiz shows overturned - discovered that they were rigged - most popular contestants had been given the answers and been coached on how to act in elaborate schemes - created weekly drama - audience was emotionally invested in contestants who were ordinary people with extraordinary knowledge - biggest star: late 56-57 - show called 21: application of the structure of blackjack to quiz program - people in sound-proof booths would wage points on each question - Charles Van Doren - son of famous poet, nephew of famous historian, professor at Columbia - 30, charming, handsome, personable - became an instant celebrity - pitted against Herb Stemple; opposite character to Van Doren (foil) - kept tying each other, came back each week to continue contest - decided in advance that Van Doren would ultimately win;

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