By Raymond F. Betts, Lyz Bly
This vigorous and informative survey presents a thematic worldwide background of pop culture concentrating on the interval because the finish of the second one international conflict. Raymond Betts considers the fast diffusion and 'hybridization' of pop culture because the results of 3 stipulations of the realm because the finish of worldwide struggle : immediate communications, common intake in a market-based economic climate and the visualization of truth. Betts considers the dominance of yankee leisure media and behavior of intake, assessing version and unfavourable reactions to this impact. the writer surveys quite a lot of themes, together with: * the emergence and stipulations of contemporary pop culture* the results of worldwide clash* the phenomenon and results of urbanization* the altering demography of the political area and the paintings position* the advance of latest track tradition* movie, tv and visible event* the expansion of recreation as a enterprise. Directed at scholars and basic readers thinking about the size and types of pop culture, the publication offers a fascinating creation to this pervasice and ever-changing topic.
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