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Split Signals : Television and Politics in the Soviet Union

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Television has changed drastically in the Soviet Union over the last three decades. In 1960, only five percent of the population had access to TV, but now the viewing population has reached near total saturation. Today's main source of information in the USSR, television has become Mikhail Gorbachev's most powerful instrument for paving the way for major reform. Containing a wealth of interviews with major Soviet and American media figures and fascinating descriptions of Soviet TV shows, Ellen Mickiewicz's wide-ranging, vividly written volume compares over one hundred hours of Soviet and American television, covering programs broadcast during both the Chernenko and Gorbachev governments. Mickiewicz describes the enormous significance and popularity of news programs and discusses how Soviet journalists work in the United States. Offering a fascinating depiction of the world seen on Soviet TV, she also explores the changes in programming that have occurred as a result of glasnost.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 129.3 x 204.2 x 22.1mm | 353.81g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195063198
  • 9780195063196

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An extraordinary, probing and fascinating look inside the minds and attitudes of Russias next generation of leaders. Ellen Mickiewicz draws them out on the critical issues and trends of our time, compiling a complex portrait that everyone who wants to understand Russia will find essential reading. * Judy Woodruff, Co-Anchor and Managing Editor, PBS NewsHour *show more

About Ellen Mickiewicz

About the Author: Ellen Mickiewicz is Alben W. Barkley Professor of Political Science at Emory University and Director of the Soviet Media and International Communications Program at The Carter Center. Former President of the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, she is also the author of Media and the Russian Public.show more

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