Television Role in Preserving American Values During the Cold War

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Television Role In Preserving American Values During The Cold War

After World War II, technology was advancing and converting from military orientation to more consumer based companies. One of the new technology devices that were introduced to American consumers was television. American television in the 1940’s and 1950’s became a link marvel between Americans, podcasting news, shows, and movies. American television during the 1940’s and the 1950’s played a major rule in preserving American social values and it became an effective tool for politicians and the government goals and agendas. Television keept the American culture and values untouched by promoting television shows that confronted Communism,
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The accusation was that Lucy and her brother, Fred H. Ball, and her mother, Mrs. Desiree E., registered their intension in Los Angeles county giving their vote for the Communist party: furthermore, the HUAC accused her for singing a petition for the candidacy for state assembly of a communist party nominee called Emil Freed. Lucy denied these accusations along with her husband Arnez.
About $10 million had been invested in "I Love Lucy”; unlike Loeb from the "The Goldbergs" show, Lucile and her husband were irreplaceable and famous with 50,000,000 viewers followed each episode of their show; Furthermore, Lucile and her husband were invited to have dinner with president Eisenhower, the FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and four supreme courts Justices. "From the episode of the redhead and blacklist, the lesson learned was that while the small fry were hooked and gutted, the big fish would be tossed back”. This controversy indicates how television business was about money and influence; For instance, Lucile and her husband were kept in the show even though Lucile was a member of the communist party, but the public believed she was innocent and CBS kept her since her appearance in the show was not harming the “American” believes during the Cold War.
Television, during the Cold War era, terminated shows and actors not just because of their backgrounds and

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