Facts about entertainment in the 1920s
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The 1920s Arts and Entertainment: Overview
Mass Entertainment Of all the new appliances to enter the nation's homes during the s, none had a more revolutionary impact than the radio. The first commercial radio station began broadcasting in , and during the s, the nation's airwaves were filled with musical variety shows and comedies. Radio drew the nation together by bringing news, entertainment, and advertisements to more than 10 million households by Radio blunted regional differences and imposed similar tastes and lifestyles. No other media had the power to create heroes and villains so quickly. When Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly nonstop across the Atlantic from New York to Paris in , the radio brought this incredible feat into American homes, transforming him into a celebrity overnight. Radio also disseminated racial and cultural caricatures and derogatory stereotypes.
The Roaring Twenties
Some referred to the s as The Roaring Twenties. At the time, business was booming - many Americans were developing a taste for a new, faster lifestyle. Modern music became popular as a result of developments in the media radio, records and films. People had more money to spend and more time to listen to the music of the time. Jazz originated from the southern states of the USA, from the blues and ragtime music of the black people. Young people had had enough of their parents' old dances, eg the waltz. Jazz was much more rhythmic and lively, and it was easy to dance to.
During the s, the arts and media responded and adjusted to shifts in the larger society. World War I had changed America's relation to the world, the American economy boomed after the war, and young people embraced more modern lifestyles. The arts responded to all these social trends. The s was known as the Jazz Age, reflecting the fact that new music and dance styles spread throughout the country. It was also a decade during which young people in particular began embracing a general loosening of morality.