The impact of the cold war extended its grave impact through different media, especially, music, movies and books. There were a lot of elements that were spotted in the society as an aftermath of the nuclear war and the conflicts of the superpowers. Many works derived their inspiration from the Cold War. The time period from 1953 to 1962, thus got to see Cold War themes entering the mainstream culture.
Culture during the Cold War was even seen in the everyday life and attitudes of the people. The art and motion cinema got affected as well the Hollywood blacklist dictated who would be creating, working, or starring in motion pictures.
The Cold war had a lasting impact on the American social and cultural life. From the civil rights movement to survivalism, there were a lot of changes that were brought about. Changes of thoughts were reflected from Hollywood to the universities and there was a considerable reformation in the showcasing of the artistry as well from art and poetry to movies and comic books. The mode was sometimes blatant while sometimes really subtle.
The nuclear threat of the period of the Cold war as well as the Communist menace gave rise to the National Defense Education Act. Trust was lacking between liberals and conservatives and the effect could be seen in the society as well.
The London Olympics started during this time, in 1948 and was one of the prominent platforms to combat between the rivals. However, some forms of arts really helped ease Cold War tensions including artists from different countries visiting, art exhibitions and various other formal and informal cultural exchanges.
During the cold war, there was considerable rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union in arts, and the focus was mainly on ballet. Both the countries used to assert the previews of their country's ballets which was a mere attempt to prove their superiority over the other. It turned to a powerful political propaganda and started to be known as "battle for the hearts and minds of men."
Jazz was also used as a tool for showing off the United States democracy as it had been a democratic music form. The two countries also engaged in competitions in theatre, chess, and even who is going to reach the moon first.