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Pressing Matters: Media Crusades before the Nickelodeons
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Media Studies, Cinema Studies.
2015 (English)In: Film History. An International Journal, ISSN 0892-2160, E-ISSN 1553-3905, Vol. 27, no 2, 105-139 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Media crusades leveled at moving-picture exhibition in penny arcades and nickel shows are surprisingly consistent in their tropes and rhetorical strategies from the inaugural campaign in the San Francisco Call in 1899 to the famous one in the Chicago Tribune in 1907. This essay situates this emerging discourse on visual “corruption” alongside many other “evils” in the larger context of media activism. The critical tenet is the historiographic usefulness of mobilizing journalism as a day-to-day negotiation of media culture’s functions in modernity’s cityscape.

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2015. Vol. 27, no 2, 105-139 p.
Keyword [en]
penny arcade, peep practice, Kinetoscope, Mutoscope, nickelodeon, press crusades, digital humanities, San Francisco Call, Chicago Tribune, media activism
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Studies on Film
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Cinema Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-119486DOI: 10.2979/filmhistory.27.2.105ISI: 000372575900004OAI: diva2:846280
Available from: 2015-08-15 Created: 2015-08-15 Last updated: 2016-04-25Bibliographically approved

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