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- DescriptionThe hit television program American Idol provides a stage where the politics of national, regional, ethnic, and religious identity are performed for millions of viewers. Diversity is carefully highlighted and coached into a viable commodity by judges, argues Katherine Meizel, with contestants packaged into familiar portraits of American identities. Consumer choice, as expressed by audience voting, also shapes the course of the show-negotiating ideas of democracy and opportunity closely associated with the American Dream. Through interviews with audience members and participants, and careful analyses of television broadcasts, commercial recordings, and print and online media, Meizel demonstrates that commercial music and the music industry are t simply forces to be criticized or resisted, but critical sites for redefining American culture.
- Author BiographyKatherine Meizel is Visiting Assistant Professor at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
- Author(s)Katherine L. Meizel
- PublisherIndiana University Press
- Date of Publication16/02/2011
- SubjectFilm, TV & Radio
- Series TitleEthnomusicology Multimedia
- Place of PublicationBloomington, IN
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintIndiana University Press
- Content Note6 b&w illus., 9 music exx.
- Weight454 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine559 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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