This week on Up Close, what happens when an elite domain becomes available to the masses?
First, how did the mass medium of Hollywood film influence what was once a more closed American political system, creating the campaign system we know today? Steven I. Weiss interviews Purdue University Prof. Kathryn Cramer Brownell, author of Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Political Life.
Then, books were once expensive, available mostly to the rich and well-educated, until cheap paperbacks came into the market. University of Michigan Prof. Paula Rabinowitz describes this phenomenon and its consequences in her book American Pulp: How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street.
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