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Media and the Making of Modern GermanyMass Communications, Society, and Politics from the Empire to the Third Reich$
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Corey Ross

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278213.001.0001

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Reasserting Control: The Regulation of Mass Culture

Reasserting Control: The Regulation of Mass Culture

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(p.63) 2 Reasserting Control: The Regulation of Mass Culture
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Media and the Making of Modern Germany
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Corey Ross (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278213.003.0002

This chapter considers one major aspect of the heterogeneous responses of cultural and political elites to the rise of the media and burgeoning entertainment industry. It focuses on efforts, above all through means of state regulation, to reassert elite values and standards by establishing a formal framework of control over popular culture, including literary and film censorship as well as state ownership of broadcasting. While the censorship of cultural forms as a means of social control was of course nothing new at the time, the avowedly commercial orientation of most popular amusements and their unprecedented dissemination via new communications technologies elicited a new brand of cultural interventionism among the educated elite, a belief not only in their ability to improve the tastes and cultural practices of the masses, but indeed in their right — even duty — to do so.

Keywords:   authority, censorship, cultural intervention, educated elite, film, literature, radio, social control state ownership, youth protection

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