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Media and the Making of Modern GermanyMass Communications, Society, and Politics from the Empire to the Third Reich$
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Corey Ross

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199278213

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199278213.001.0001

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Entertaining the National Community

Entertaining the National Community

(p.302) 10 Entertaining the National Community
Media and the Making of Modern Germany

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This chapter shows that the processes of political control and commercial concentration outlined in Chapter 9 dovetailed with Nazi efforts to satisfy audiences with popular, if somewhat circumscribed, entertainment. It goes beyond existing interpretations of Nazi mass culture as a form of political propaganda to consider also the extent to which it matched audience expectations and helped transcend older audience segmentations. Overall, it argues that the reconfiguration of the media and popular entertainment in the Third Reich — though in many ways merely an acceleration of existing trends and at base more destructive than creative — contributed to the increasing convergence of the media and their audiences in the 1930s, and ultimately to a more common cultural frame of reference shared by wider range of social groups.

Keywords:   political control, class, entertainment, integration, middle brow culture, pleasure, propaganda, publicity, universal art

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