• Kathleen Fitzpatrick deposited Network: The Other Cold War on Humanities Commons 4 months ago

    One important but under-considered aspect of the connection between television’s rise and the Cold War is the anxiety that the rapid growth in the cultural influence of television produced in its wake, most notably a concern about the older, traditional American culture ostensibly being left behind. Included within this “traditional” culture was the film industry. The perception of obsolescence was rampant in the film industry throughout the 1960s and the early 1970s, and the object of that anxiety was largely television. The 1976 film “Network,” written by Paddy Chayefsky and directed by Sidney Lumet, can be usefully read as an allegory of the anxiety of obsolescence, and thus the site of one skirmish in the cultural conflict that one might think of as the “Other Cold War.”