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1 27.3 Popular Culture in the 1950s Lesson Objective: To understand the various pop culture and countercultural movements of the 1950s.Essential Questions: Why do counter cultures and subcultures develop?
2 Quiz /2What are means of communication that reach large audiences?What does the FCC regulate?Jack Kerouac was a icon of the ___________.Rock ‘n’ Roll was rooted in what genre of music?“The King” of Rock ‘n’ Roll was _______________.
3 Key Terms Mass media Federal communications Commission (FCC) Beat movementBeatnikRock ‘n’ Roll
4 The New Era of the Mass Media The Rise of Television% of American households% of American householdsRapid growth in industry stations in 1956 up from 108 in 1952Most programming was comedyI Love LucyNews and children’s programs also became popularSee it nowPerson to PersonMickey Mouse Club
5 TV reflects the “Affluent Society” Women mostly appeared in stereotypical rolesHousewives and mothersHoneymoonersMost characters were maleAfrican Americans and Latinos were very rareIf they appeared was rarely a positive portrayalTelevision was a portrayal of ideal white AmericanCompletely ignored issues of poverty, race, or political conflictGrowing concern with violence in the mediaWesterns were popular shows and movies
6 Movies TV cut the number of movie goers nearly in half! Movies had size, color, surround sound- higher quality entertainmentSmell-O-vision; 3DMany classic movies are madeEpicsAlfred HitchcockNorth by NorthwestJames Dean- dies at 24Only appears in 3 moviesEpitomizes the youth culture of the time
7 African Americans in Pop Culture Rock ‘n’ Roll opened up African American Culture to White AmericaMany African Americans became famous during 1950sActorsSingersMusiciansNat King Cole given first show for an African AmericanAmerican Bandstand integrates crowd in 1957Acts weren’t integrated until 1960sRadio stations aimed at African Americans thrivedDoo-wopThe Drifters
8 Subcultures Emerge The Beat Movement Rock ‘n’ Roll Counter cultural- what does that mean?Nonconformist- mostly made up of artistsLived lives with little structure- artwork expressed thatLiterary works such as On the Road and HowlJack Kerouac, Allen GinsbergHelped start the counter culture of the 1960s!Rock ‘n’ RollElectric instruments mixed with Blues & CountryWhat kind of music is blues?Elvis, Chuck Berry, Bill HaleyMarketed directly to teensAdults generally opposed to it600 million in record sales in 1960