Politics and technology in 1928 advertisement
Tuesday, January 6th, 2004
Wandering around the Duke University Ad archives, I found this 1928 Chicago Tribune advertisement for a Zenith radio titled “At the conventions, you’ll always get the whispered ‘asides’ with a Zenith Radio.”
Not only the speeches and the voting — but the speaker’s whispered ‘aside’ — the fascinating by-play will be yours if you have a Zenith receiver — just as if you were at the Chairman’s right hand.
Funny how easily the word ‘blog’ could stand in today for that 1928 radio. The Zenith ad testifies that news technology and politics have always been entwined, and reminds us how eloquently ads describe the interplay of culture and material life.