JCCC Honors Journal


While the decade of the 1960s as a whole was a time of change and upheaval for the United States, the year 1968 represents one of the greatest single periods of unrest in the history of the nation. Building on the post-war boom of the 1950s, the Sixties can be seen as the decade when America first became steeped and saturated in media. With the emergence of the transistor radio, the average American was “plugged in,” both in and outside of the home. When we position the historical events of 1968 against the media of television and music, we see that music, due largely to its immediacy, offers a more accurate depiction of the times, while television, with few notable exceptions, serves more as a distraction.