Radios at the Heart of Nations
U.S–French broadcasting developed relationally through the cross-border circulation of persons, sonic artifacts, aesthetic techniques, and institutional practices. The geopolitics of international broadcasting precipitated the possibility of national presences beyond fixed borders, but in mixed, uneven, and sometimes problematic ways for different constituencies. Fostering imaginaries and linkages in a new technological and cultural field, U.S.–French broadcasting also contributed to mythological caricatures that enhanced the status of the powerful at the expense of marginalized populations. Ironically, Radio helped breech the borders of nation-states while also giving new life and circulation to the particulars and differences within nationally inscribed cultural populations that resisted erasure despite the cross-border processes of mediated geopolitics.
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