What if today’s self-centered world was born decades before digital media, as part of a much longer transformation of American society?
Fred Turner is Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication at Stanford University. He is the author, most recently, of The Democratic Surround: Multimedia and American Liberalism from World War II to the Psychedelic Sixties (University of Chicago Press, 2013).
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