The inter-war period is familiar to us through the images which have been preserved: the Hollywood movie, the propaganda output of National Socialist Germany, newsreels and documentaries illustrating aspects of British life. Personalities, fashions and values may be examined through the vicarious medium of film, and yet our knowledge of the period is incomplete without an awareness of the role which that medium had, among others, in creating frameworks of social reality within which individuals placed themselves, or were, in turn, placed. The function of the mass media in society became an issue of public debate as the political and cultural effects of film and broadcasting were assessed and related to that of the role of the press.
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