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By Robert Pondillo

ISBN-10: 0809329182

ISBN-13: 9780809329182

 America’ s First community television Censor: The paintings of NBC’ s Stockton Helffrich is a distinct exam of early tv censorship, situated round the papers of Stockton Helffrich, the 1st supervisor of the censorship division at NBC. Set opposed to the backdrop of postwar the United States and contextualized by way of myriad fundamental assets together with unique interviews and unpublished fabric, Helffrich’ s reviews illustrate how early censorship of advertisements, language, and depictions of intercourse, violence, and race formed the hot medium.               whereas different books have pointed out Helffrich’ s stories, none have thought of them as a physique of labor, complemented by means of the main points of Helffrich’ s lifestyles and the period during which he lived. America’ s First community television Censor explores the ways that Helffrich’ s own heritage and social classification encouraged his notion of his position as NBC-TV censor and his tendency to disregard sure political and cultural taboos whereas embracing others.

Author Robert Pondillo considers Helffrich’ s lifestyles in broadcasting earlier than and after the second one international battle, and his censorial paintings within the context of Nineteen Fifties American tradition and rising community tv. Pondillo discusses the ways in which cultural phenomena, together with the arriving of the mid-twentieth-century non secular increase, McCarthyism, the sunrise of the Civil Rights period, and the social upheaval over intercourse, song, and formative years, contributed to a basic feel that the rustic used to be morally adrift and ripe for communist takeover.

Five often-censored topics— ads, language, and depictions of intercourse, violence, and race— are explored intimately, exposing the magnificent complexity and nuance of early media censorship. Questions of even if too many sadistic westerns could coarsen the United States’ s childrens, the right way to discuss homosexuality with no utilizing the be aware “ homosexuality,” and the way most sensible to promote bathroom paper with out offending humans have been on Helffrich’ s brain; his solutions to those questions contributed to shaping the printed media we all know today.




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