By Michele Rosenthal
Whereas tv this present day is taken with no consideration, american citizens within the Fifties confronted the problem of negotiating the recent medium's position in the house and in American tradition mostly. Protestant leaders--both mainstream and evangelical--began to think twice approximately what tv intended for his or her groups and its capability effect on their paintings. utilizing the yankee Protestant event of the creation of tv, Rosenthal illustrates the significance of the interaction among a brand new medium and its clients in a fascinating ebook appropriate for common readers and scholars alike.
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31 Luther case, was not that a particular group had lobbied the TV station and won, but the fact that a Protestant television show had been censored by the Roman Catholic Church. The mainliners’ attempts to ban particular uses of television were justified because they represented the “right kind . . of religion,” which reflected the popular sentiment of most Americans. In other words, the Roman Catholic Church’s actions violated the implicit rules of acceptable censorship. Censorship was acceptable when enacted on behalf of the (perceived) Protestant majority.
This common goal suited all parties concerned. 27 Jewish and Catholic agreement to these policies, however, was probably not motivated by or conceived as consent to mainline Protestantism, but rather by the desire to explain and legitimate their traditions to the larger American public. In the tripartite melting pot of the 1950s, Catholic and Jewish leaders were thankful for being recognized as two alternatives to the historically and culturally dominant faith. Religious broadcasting, however limited in time, offered proof of this newfound status as well as an opportunity to counter charges of anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism to a larger, and perhaps heretofore unreachable, audience.
Two of the earliest columns that mention TV refer to the possibility of an “advertising-free” version of the medium. 39 Reaching into the heart of the Christian home, television advertisements promised daily exposure to a wide variety of random and potentially problematic images. 43 Despite this stated editorial position, however, efforts by mainline religious broadcasters were largely ignored by The Christian Century. ” 29 and Film Commission with the networks during this time were generally not reviewed in The Christian Century.
American Protestants and TV in the 1950s: Responses to a New Medium (Religion Culture Critique) by Michele Rosenthal