“Who can deny that we are a nation addicted to television and the constant flow of media? Haven’t you ever wanted to put your foot through your television?” – Doug Hall
Media burn was a beautiful piece of art which integrates performance, spectacle and media critique as their approach to analyse the impact of mass media in American culture through the usage of radical architecture.
Due to the post-war baby boom as well as the increase in disposable incomes of young Americans in the 1950s to 1960s, the access to television as a new form of entertainment steadily became a norm and eventually an addiction.
While it may be fuelled by the consumer culture as well as the females struggles for their sense of self after the post-war period, television became a paramount part of people’s life. It was an alternative platform for entertainment other than print media and cinema.
With the mass broadcast of John F. Kennedy funeral, the television took a shift from a platform for entertainment to that of the source for news and information.
Regardless of it being a source of entertainment or news and information, people were hooked. Television became undetachable from the American public.
“And not a few of us are frustrated by this addiction” – Doug Hall as J.F. Kennedy
Despite the media and public not understanding the underlying meaning of this piece of art, it was definitely ironic in my opinion that it was heavily covered by the mass media.