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What was the impact of radio and the movies in the 1920s?

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The advent of radio and movies in the 1920s was to help the emerging mass consumer culture which was part of the time period.  The development of these mediums served as outlets for individuals to partake in escapism and understand the full dimensions of fame and celebrity, both of which were acquiring greater significance throughout the decade.  In a setting where individual exploits were being reported by multiple outlets and the fascination with these endeavors began to develop into a full blown industry, the growth of films and radio helped to satiate the desire to partake in the glory and folly of fame, and the rise and fall of the celebrity.

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The radio and the movies were two of the major factors that helped to make the 1920s a time when people had a lot more choices for how to entertain themselves.

As people came to have more entertainment choices, they started to assume that it was normal to be entertained.  This led to a society that was very focused on having fun.

A second impact of these things was that they brought the culture of the city out to people in the country.  This spread city ideas to the country and helped convince traditionalists in the country that the cities were ruining American culture and society.

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Before we talk about the impact of radio and the movies in the 1920's, it is quite to worthy to point out that the time span of 1918-1939 is called as the Inter-war years i.e. the time that came between the two world wars. Radio had an immense impact in the corpus of mass culture as it could get to the people more quickly that any other form. This impact is mostly evident in the aspect of literature as it could spread literary things among the the people more swiftly.

The same can be said about the movies. However, it was not as popular as the radio at that point of time. But, for many people, watching the movies became a great leisure activity.

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The greatest impact of radio and television in the 1920s was that people realized for the time that information can travel around the globe in a matter of seconds and minutes, as opposed to hours and days, previously. This had a profound impact on the way businesses operate, the fact that investors could receive up-to-the-minute information, and it opened up a whole new category of employment in the areas of broadcasting, broadcasting technology including engineering, sound, and optics, and it started a new revolution in which companies reached their potential customers through the first practices of commercials.