Envisioning Socialism: Television and the Cold War in the by Heather Gumbert

By Heather Gumbert

Envisioning Socialism examines tv and the ability it exercised to outline the East Germans’ view of socialism in the course of the first a long time of the German Democratic Republic. within the first publication in English to ascertain this subject, Heather L. Gumbert lines how tv grew to become 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 professionals concept they have been cultivating.

Gumbert demanding situations those that could brush off East German tv as a device of repression that couldn’t compete with the West or trap the mind's eye of East Germans. as an alternative, she exhibits how, by way of the early Nineteen Sixties, tv was once a version of the type of socialist realist paintings which may attract gurus and audiences. finally, this socialist imaginative and prescient used to be conquer via the demanding situations that the overseas marketplace in media items and applied sciences posed to nation-building within the postwar period.

A heritage of principles and perceptions studying either genuine and mediated ancient stipulations, Envisioning Socialism considers tv as a expertise, an establishment, and a medium of social family members and cultural wisdom. The ebook could be welcomed in undergraduate and graduate classes in German and media background, the heritage of postwar Socialism, and the background of technological know-how and technologies.

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