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SOUNDS FROM THE LIFE OF THE FUTURE

Making Sense of U.S. Radio Broadcasting in France 1921–19391

Derek W. Vaillant

In 1930 the award-winning French novelist and critic, Georges Duhamel condemned America’s seemingly insatiable appetite for consumer goods and entertainment: “They yearn desperately for phonographs, radios, illustrated magazines, ‘movies,’ elevators, electric refrigerators, and automobiles, automobiles, and once again automobiles. [Americans] want to own at the earliest possible moment all the articles mentioned, which are so wonderfully convenient, and of which, by an odd reversal of things, they immediately become the anxious slaves.” Based on impressions from a 1928 visit to the states, Duhamel’s bestselling Scènes de la vie ...

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