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Television: The Life Story of a Technology
     

Television: The Life Story of a Technology

by Alexander B. Magoun
 

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ISBN-10: 0801890721

ISBN-13: 9780801890727

Pub. Date: 03/30/2009

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

For better or worse, television has been the dominant medium of communication for fifty years. Yet it is a relatively recent invention, one that required passionate inventors, determined businessmen, government regulators, and willing consumers. This volume covers the history of television from nineteenth-century European conceptions of transmitting moving images

Overview

For better or worse, television has been the dominant medium of communication for fifty years. Yet it is a relatively recent invention, one that required passionate inventors, determined businessmen, government regulators, and willing consumers. This volume covers the history of television from nineteenth-century European conceptions of transmitting moving images electrically to the death of television as a discrete system in a digital age.

Alexander B. Magoun highlights key events in the evolution of TV, as well as the dynamic individuals who ignited the industry, such as Vladimir Zworykin and David Sarnoff. He also covers the development of cable and satellite television, the use of television in wartime, and the "tube's" changing face.

Based on the latest research, this crisply written, sometimes provocative survey includes a glossary, timeline, and bibliography for further reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801890727
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
03/30/2009
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Introduction xi

Timeline xvii

1 Conception, 1873-1911 1

2 Birth of a Technology; or Invention, 1912-1928 15

3 Parenthood: Television's Innovation, 1928-1941 39

4 Working for a Living: Television's Commercialization, 1941-1966 77

5 Children of the Revolution, 1947-1987 113

6 The Digital Generation and the End of Television 155

Glossary 183

Bibliography 187

Index 195

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