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Such organizations as AT&T, General Electric, and the U.S. Navy played major roles in radio's evolution, but early press coverage may have decisively steered radio in the direction of mass entertainment. Susan J. Douglas reveals the origins of a corporate media system that today dominates the content and form of American communication.
Johns Hopkins University Press
A superb portrait of the communications revolution that profoundly altered 20th-century life. It will provide fresh insights, and perhaps generate controversy.
Fascinating detail... A far clearer picture than has been previously available.
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|Preface and Acknowledgments|
|1||Marconi and the America's Cup: The Making of an Inventor-Hero, 1899||3|
|2||Competition over Wireless Technology: The Inventors' Struggles for Technical Distinction, 1899-1903||29|
|3||The Visions and Business Realities of the Inventors, 1899-1905||61|
|4||Wireless Telegraphy in the New Navy, 1899-1906||102|
|5||Inventors as Entrepreneurs: Success and Failure in the Wireless Business, 1906-1912||144|
|6||Popular Culture and Populist Technology: The Amateur Operators, 1906-1912||187|
|7||The Titanic Disaster and the First Radio Regulation, 1910-1912||216|
|8||The Rise of Military and Corporate Control, 1912-1919||240|
|9||The Social Construction of American Broadcasting, 1912-1922||292|