The Citizen Machine

08/21/10 mary glenney
From A Woman's Point of View

Did you ever wonder how corporations and monied interests went from the bad guys in the depression to "citizenship" with the recent Supreme Court decision? Anna McCarthy is an associate professor in the department of Cinema Studies at New York University. She is the author of The Citizen Machine: Governing by Television in 1950's America, in which she shows how powerful people used TV programming as a way of imagining american citizenship, and redefined the attitudes of citizens not only to corporations and big business, but to themselves as well. To many, citizens are not born, they are made.

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