Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic (Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany)

Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the German Democratic Republic (Social History, Popular Culture, and Politics in Germany)


Envisioning Socialism examines tv and the ability it exercised to outline the East Germans’ view of socialism throughout the first a long time of the German Democratic Republic. within the first booklet in English to check this subject, Heather L. Gumbert strains how tv turned a medium prized for its communicative and leisure price. She explores the problems GDR professionals had defining and executing a transparent imaginative and prescient of the society they was hoping to set up, and he or she explains how tv helped to stabilize GDR society in a manner that eventually labored opposed to the utopian imaginative and prescient the experts proposal they have been cultivating.

Gumbert demanding situations those that may brush aside East German tv as a device of repression that couldn’t compete with the West or catch the mind's eye of East Germans. as a substitute, she exhibits how, by means of the early Nineteen Sixties, tv used to be a version of the type of socialist realist artwork which can attract experts and audiences. eventually, this socialist imaginative and prescient used to be triumph over by means of the demanding situations that the overseas marketplace in media items and applied sciences posed to nation-building within the postwar period.

A background of principles and perceptions analyzing either actual and mediated historic stipulations, Envisioning Socialism considers tv as a expertise, an establishment, and a medium of social kinfolk and cultural wisdom. The ebook might be welcomed in undergraduate and graduate classes in German and media historical past, the heritage of postwar Socialism, and the background of technology and technologies.

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