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Advertising and the Transformation of Screen Cultures

Bo Florin Patrick Vonderau Yvonne Zimmermann

338 pages
Amsterdam University Press
Advertising has played a central role in shaping the history of modern media. While often identified with American consumerism and the rise of the 'Information Society', motion picture advertising has been part of European visual culture since the late nineteenth century. With the global spread of ad agencies, moving image advertisements became a privileged cultural form to make people experience the qualities and uses of branded commodities, to articulate visions of a 'good life', and to incite social relationships. Abandoning a conventional delineation of fields by medium, country, or period, this book suggests a lateral view. It charts the audiovisual history of advertising by focussing on objects (products and services), screens (exhibition, programming, physical media), practices (production, marketing), and intermediaries (ad agencies). In this way, the book develops new historical, methodological, and theoretical perspectives.
Author Bio
Bo Florin is Professor of Cinema Studies at the Department for Media Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden. Patrick Vonderau is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Halle, Germany. Yvonne Zimmermann is Professor of Media Studies at Philipps-University Marburg, Germany. She is editor and co-author of a volume on ‘useful cinema’ in Switzerland (Schaufenster Schweiz: Dokumentarische Gebrauchsfilme 1896–1964, 2011) and co-author of Adverising and the Transformation of Screen Cultures (with Bo Florin and Patrick Vonderau, 2021). She has published widely on industrial film, ‘useful cinema’ and nontheatrical film culture.