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Cleansing the Past, Selling the Future: Disney’s Corporate Exhibits at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair

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This paper offers a historical analysis of Disney’s corporate exhibits at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, GE’s “Carousel of Progress” and Ford’s “Magic Skyway,” in an attempt to consider their historical and cultural significance. The coming together of Disney’s legacy of nostalgic entertainment achieved via his desire and skill in “improving” the past and future with the equally strong desire of corporate giants to sell themselves and their products is presented here as a case study of the processes of cultural creation: how and why specific discourses of technology and consumption are written into these narratives of the past and the future.

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History of Popular Culture, History, Walt Disney, The 1964 New York World's Fair, Cultural Technologies
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Lillie, Jonathan. "Cleansing the Past, Selling the Future: Disney’s Corporate Exhibits at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 <Not Available>. 2009-05-26 <http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111690_index.html>

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Lillie, J. J. , 2003-05-27 "Cleansing the Past, Selling the Future: Disney’s Corporate Exhibits at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA Online <.PDF>. 2009-05-26 from http://www.allacademic.com/meta/p111690_index.html

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Abstract: This paper offers a historical analysis of Disney’s corporate exhibits at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, GE’s “Carousel of Progress” and Ford’s “Magic Skyway,” in an attempt to consider their historical and cultural significance. The coming together of Disney’s legacy of nostalgic entertainment achieved via his desire and skill in “improving” the past and future with the equally strong desire of corporate giants to sell themselves and their products is presented here as a case study of the processes of cultural creation: how and why specific discourses of technology and consumption are written into these narratives of the past and the future.

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Disney 1 Cleansing the Past Selling the Future: Disney’s Corporate Exhibits at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair (student author) Abstract This paper offers a historical analysis of Disney’s corporate exhibits at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair GE’s “Carousel of Progress” and Ford’s “Magic Skyway ” in an attempt to consider their historical and cultural significance. The coming together of Disney’s legacy of nostalgic entertainment achieved via his desire and skill in “improving” the past and future with
someday we’ll be riding rocketships like those flashing overhead to anywhere in space. Perhaps someday we will drive jet-powered vehicles over weather-controlled highways in the sky like the spiraling tubes around you. But all such dreams begin in the minds of men. Men of vision faith and imagination. Men of science and industry education and the arts. As we have seen along The Magic Skyway man is always on the move searching and dreaming beyond the horizons of today


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