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Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922 : Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology - Susan J. Douglas

Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922

Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology

Paperback Published: 1st February 1989
ISBN: 9780801838323
Number Of Pages: 400
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

A superb portrait of the communications revolution that profoundly altered 20th-century life. It will provide fresh insights, and perhaps generate controversy. * Washington Post Book World * A successful, at times elegant interdisciplinary work. Douglas combines discussions of technology and of business structure, portraits of inventors and amateurs, and analysis of internal navy organization to construct a convincing narrative on the importance of the 'pre-history' of radio. She draws from an impressive range of contemporary newspapers and technical magazines, government and business reports, and personal correspondence. This is a significant contribution to the understanding of American radio. -- Robert B. Horowitz * Business History Review * Fascinating detail... A far clearer picture than has been previously available. * Journal of Communication *

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Preface and Acknowledgments
Marconi and the America's Cup: The Making of an Inventor-Hero, 1899p. 3
Competition over Wireless Technology: The Inventors' Struggles for Technical Distinction, 1899-1903p. 29
The Visions and Business Realities of the Inventors, 1899-1905p. 61
Wireless Telegraphy in the New Navy, 1899-1906p. 102
Inventors as Entrepreneurs: Success and Failure in the Wireless Business, 1906-1912p. 144
Popular Culture and Populist Technology: The Amateur Operators, 1906-1912p. 187
The Titanic Disaster and the First Radio Regulation, 1910-1912p. 216
The Rise of Military and Corporate Control, 1912-1919p. 240
The Social Construction of American Broadcasting, 1912-1922p. 292
Epiloguep. 315
Notesp. 323
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780801838323
ISBN-10: 0801838320
Series: Johns Hopkins Studies in the History of Technology
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st February 1989
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.6  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.57