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ERIC Number: ED359565
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr-17
Pages: 28
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Telling a Good Story: Origins of Broadcast Drama Criticism.
Walsh, Kay D.
To gain insight into how critical standards for broadcast drama evolved with time, this paper examines the critical response to the development of broadcast drama in the first two decades of radio (1920-1940), as reported in the periodical press. The paper is based on two underlying assumptions: (1) that the stories a society tells are indicative of that society's character and, therefore, worthy of examination; and (2) that criticism is worthy of consideration because it is part of the negotiation process that creates the broadcast stories and storytelling techniques. The sources examined included general circulation and specialty magazines, but excluded daily newspapers. The paper reports that, after radio's first decade, specialized publications, such as "Broadcasting" and"Billboard," began to pay serious business-oriented attention to radio, in addition to the radio drama reviews that appeared in general interest magazines. The paper notes that American academics always tended to consider electronic communication more significant as a commercial enterprise than as an artistic endeavor. The paper relates that critics agreed, however, that radio--like other fictional forms--should not nerely entertain, but should add some new dimension to the listener's body of knowledge, and that these notions of cultural uplift competed with concerns for socialization and education in that respect. The result was, according to the paper, that although the very idea of radio drama as an art was at issue with virtually all the critics throughout the 1930s, an enduring framework for broadcast criticism was constructed during the first two decades of commercial radio. (Contains 42 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
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Language: English
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