Ex Post Facto: How the Story of Normalization Played Out on Television
Thursday, Oct. 18, 6pm
Computer Sciences/Engineering E121
Prague Spring: Culture, Context, and Normalization series
Paulina Bren’s talk will turn to what happened after the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. Even as the so-called “normalization” regime now set about purging representatives of the Prague Spring, it worried about the very meaning of communism from hereon. Political idealism was dead, and “socialism with a human face” had been defeated by Soviet tanks. So, what was to be “normal” about “normalization”? The regime, taking its cue from the Prague Spring, turned television (and particularly television serials) into its most vibrant mouthpiece. Television characters, not politicians, answered the question: what is communism now?