Advances in radio and movies contributed to the development of modern entertainment and helped created a mass culture explain?is about the roaring tewnties

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The 1920's was a prominent decade in developing the idea of "the celebrity."  It was in the 1920's where American History began to experience a profound impact made by individuals in the public setting.  Advances in radio and visual technology helped to carry these exploits to a society that craved to know more about more people.  In a sense, the celebrity society of the 1920's led to greater discussion amongst people, otherwise known as gossip.  We can see this from an early point in popular films and popular culture.  Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks made an impact on the screen when actors such as they were seen as "the star."  Who they were romantically linked to, how they went about their business, and their comings and goings helped to create an instantaneous appeal as this was transmitted through film and radio, which only added to their celebrity status.  Jack Dempsey, Al Capone, Babe Ruth, and Charles Lindbergh were also examples of individuals who became "superheroes" through their exploits and such news was transmitted through radio and film.  The emergence of the individual and the fame that was provided through technological medium advances helped to chrystallize the notion that people can have a profound impact on history and historical development.  No better would this be seen than in the 1930's and the rise of Fascism in Europe and the emergence of the Second World War.

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