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Lecture 6

FILM 2401 Lecture Notes - Lecture 6: Wireless Telegraphy, Saludos Amigos, Monroe Doctrine

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FILM 2401
Joseph Kispal- Kovacs

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FILM 2401 May 13th
Studying TV and an Introduction to US Broadcasting Policy
- started as “wireless telegraphy”
- numerous inventors created the various technologies that made radio possible
- used by military before and during World War I
The Radio Act of 1927
- influenced by progressivism
- the idea that gov’t should regulate the broadcast of individuals and institutions such as
 freedom to speak = freedom to listen; not to necessarily to broadcast
- two main networks were originally NBC and CBS
- first national broadcast was on July 1st, 1941
- WWII occurs (December, 1941) as TV is about to take off; puts TV at a halt
- after the war, TV grows as a communication medium
*sitcom was originally a radio genre before it reached the TV screen
Big Dream, Small Screen (1997)
- part of PBS American Experience series
- tells the story of Philo T. Farnsworth
Case Study: Hollywood and Latin-America
- the Monroe Doctrine (1923)
- regular armed intervention in Latin-America to protect US interests
- not the same as European style colonialism
The Good Neighbor Policy (1933-1945)
- the Roosevelt Administration’s attempt to reject the interventionism of previous US
- emphasis on trade and diplomacy
- almost immediate US withdrawal of troops from Haiti
- made way for films to portray other nations in a more positive light
- Office of the Coordinator of inter-American Affairs created in 1940
- run by Nelson Rockafeller (part owner of RKO)
- Motion Picture Society for the Americas (MPSA)
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