This Is The City: Making Model Citizens In Los Angele
An interesting and original approach to the powers of the mass media on the citizenry of Los Angeles, specifically, from the turn of the 20th century to around 1973, with ramifications continuing on to the present day. Schmidt's thesis concludes that the powers-that-be of LalaLand have used the persuasive power of the press(specifically Harrison Grey Otis and the L.A. Times) and the entertainment industry(movies and television) to provide role models for L.A...ones which strive to inculcate the virtues of self-reliance, justice and respect for the law, albeit safely within the confines of the prevailing political power structures. At best, they would create model citizens who would imitate these qualities and thrive in a community of hard-working and productive law-abiding citizens...but without the political and progressive independence which would jeopardize the status quo. At worst, they encouraged a passive and subservient relationship to those in power.
University of Minnesota Press
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History
United States History
Schmidt, Ronald, "This Is The City: Making Model Citizens In Los Angele" (2005). Faculty and Staff Books. 59.