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Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 / Edition 1

Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 / Edition 1

by Susan J. DouglasSusan J. Douglas


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Based on contemporary sources, the widely acclaimed history of early radio.

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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801838323
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 02/01/1989
Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology , #9
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.13(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Susan J. Douglas is professor in the Department of Communications at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
1. Marconi and the America's Cup: The Making of an Inventor-Hero, 1899
2. Competition over Wireless Technology: The Inventors' Struggles for Technical Distinction, 1899-1903
3. The Visions and Business Realities of the Inventors, 1899-1905
4. Wireless Telegraphy in the New navy, 1899-1906
5. Inventors as Entrepreneurs: Success and Failure in the Wireless Business, 1906-1912
6. Popular Culture and Populist Technology: The Amateur Operators, 1906-1912
7. The Titanic Disaster and the First Radio Regulation, 1910-1912
8. The Rise of Military and Corporate Control, 1912-1919
9. The Social Construction of American Broadcasting, 1912-1922

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Daniel J. Czitrom

Not only the best history of early radio we have, but also a valuable contribution to our understanding of twentieth-century America.

Daniel J. Czitrom, author of Media and the American Mind

From the Publisher

Arguably the most authoritative study of its kind to date and as such is an invaluable resource for anyone studying the origins of the nation's electronic media industry.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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