Despite all the associated atrocities, World War II propelled American culture to the world-stage. Post-war American society desired leisure and entertainment and increasingly became obsessed with television, movies, and listening/dancing to music. Jazz and big band dominated the airwaves. Musical artists attempted to bridge the pains of war with the optimism of America’s future. The 19040s ushered in the era of the “megastar.” Artists like Frank Sinatra were masterfully packaged and sold to swooning teens.