Week 12

Movie theater marquee, 1950s


READ Crowley & Heyer pp. 169–175

Why was the 1900 exposition important? What kinds of changes were occurring in Western Europe at that time? Why was that time seen as such as significant "break with the past"? What was the exposition like? What connects the new department stores to the idea of the grand international expositions? And what does any of it have to do with mass communication?

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READ Crowley & Heyer pp. 190–196

What was happening in the first 30 years of the 20th century in the U.S. that accounts for the huge success of movies and the growth of the motion picture industry? Why did Americans suddenly have more money and more free time? Why did Americans at that time have a particular need for famous role models? How is professional baseball an example, as well as Hollywood? How did the railroads and telegraph contribute to the creation of vaudeville "stars"?

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