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What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy Hardcover – November 18, 2010

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"Morgan presents delightfully vivid discussions of iconic and not-so-iconic events and people." --CounterPunch --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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"This important book provides an illuminating historical overview, critical analysis, and appraisal of the 1960s. Drawing upon historical and media studies, theories of capitalism and democracy, and in-depth study of the era's social movements, Morgan provides an extremely comprehensive and penetrating analysis of the events and aftermath of the 1960s. Based on highly impressive research, his study should appeal to a large audience interested in how that decade's more radical spirit continues to live on in our society."--Douglas Kellner, author of Media Spectacle and the Crisis of Democracy and Media Culture
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 422 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas; 1 edition (November 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0700617566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0700617562
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,739,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Yes. Get this book. But don't expect titillation of Woodstock and hippies. Read the sub-title, in this case the real title--mass media failed democracy. That is the real deal here and it is scary within limits. Okay, it can get boring, pouring over analyses of which tv networks emphasized what when ML King, Jr. made his famous speech to the garbage collectors. If you have a fetish about the New York Times, don't read this book. Corporate power riddled the impartiality of the news way before Reagan came along and sanitized it.
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I've known for some years that Morgan is one of the most thorough and accurate historians of the political upheavals and social-political changes of the post-WWII-USA. This book, which is also well written, clear, and a captivating read, confirms this. Morgan makes clear some of the real substance of the 1960s struggles for civil rights, for an end to the war in Vietnam and to the looming nuclear nightmare--and for a freer, more meaningful, self and life--and, even more, he shows how these differed from what the mass media made of them.
And then he goes through, decade by decade, pointing out with surgical precision how a reactive right wing and subequently growing neocon/neolib "center" used financing and takeovers to create "think tanks" and media conglomerates to slowly but steadily (especially from 1980 on--but also before) changed the view of the 1960s, the "legitimate discourse," the bounds of poltical vision and discourse back to those more common in the pre-Great-Society or even pre-New-Deal periods. We all know how television and film images--and those in the books that got published--of "the Sixties" distorted and trivalized the flowerings of this period; we all know how, since 2008, or 2001, or 1980, the "1 percent," the "oligarchy," the "ruling class" or "megacorporate structure," have taken over our economy and government functions and the common-wealth. Morgan, in this book, shows us how this was done. You will never again say "Oh those Sixties protestors, they were just hippies who faded off when the fight got real" or "So--those old dudes--they didn't do anything (yawn)" after you read this brilliant book.
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As I read Edward P. Morgan's "What Really Happened to the 1960s: How Mass Media Culture Failed American Democracy," I sensed that this was the book I had been waiting for to set the record straight about what become known as the “Sixties.” I was not let down. This is an outstanding critique of how the corporate mass media has distorted the very nature of American democracy through its discussion of those years. Morgan argues persuasively that this history has been turned into “ghosts, accusations, and smoke and mirrors” that replace the important struggles of that era with a mythical history to entertain audiences and foster the neoliberal regime under which we live today.

It is an especially relevant work for today, given the U.S. government propaganda effort known as the “Vietnam Commemoration” that seeks to rewrite the history of that war and the antiwar movement that opposed it, at home and in the military.

Building upon the writings and support of activist-scholars such as Noam Chomsky, Vietnam veteran W.D. Ehrhart, H. Bruce Franklin, Edward S. Herman, Robert McChesney, Marilyn B. Young, and the late Howard Zinn–whose writings on democracy, the “Sixties,” and the American War in Vietnam have stood the test of time, Morgan challenges us to confront the fundamental forces of that era and the perceptions that have been shaped by the corporate media about it.

Critical to his entire analysis is his persuasive argument that the Left has been excluded from the mainstream debate in the country about the great events that shaped the “Sixties” and the American War in Vietnam.
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For those of us who lived in those times and were shaped by them into progressives of one sort or another, Morgan has made a invaluable reflection upon, and re-invigoration of, the truth of those times by looking at and through the scrim of myth and manipulation with which the mass media have decorated and sold that truth. 50 years. Yeah, for some of us, this is our redeeming book.
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