Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Wayne State University Press
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INTRODUCTION: DISNEY TELEVISION
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Two of the key components of what Landon Jones terms “the action” of 1950s culture were television and marketing, a nexus that surrounded baby boomers with products created especially for them, spurred new fads aimed expressly at them, and differentiated them from previous generations of Americans by redefining them...
1. Disneyland/The Wonderful World of Color: A Chronicle
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To describe the development of contemporary media, as Paul Virilio notes, is a complex undertaking that implicates various other issues and histories, especially questions about the nature of virtual imagery and the development of what he terms a “vision machine,” that...
2. Stories of a Mythic Past
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Disneyland’s only completely new programming during its first season sprang from a project that had earlier been discussed and put aside, a three-part narrative on the life of frontiersman Davy Crockett. Originally conceived as part of a series on legendary American...
3. Stories of Fact and (Science) Fiction
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In his biography of Wernher von Braun, the force behind America’s moon program, Dennis Piszkiewicz describes his subject’s contributions to Disneyland the show, Disneyland the park, and the space program as interconnected. He describes von Braun not simply as a great...
4. Promoting the Films/Promoting the Parks: Hybrid Stories
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In analyzing the development of what he terms “the logistics of perception,” Virilio notes how our various technologies of seeing, especially film, have changed our sense of connection— to places, people, and even the self. We now live in a realm, he suggests, of constant presence,...
Conclusion: The Disneyland/Wonderful World of Color Legacy
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Mark Dery begins his study of entertainment in American culture by focusing on a landmark attraction, Coney Island, the early twentieth-century amusement park that he terms “the electric apparition of a coming age” (10). This description seems equally...
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Publication Year: 2004