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Inventing American Broadcasting, 1899-1922

Susan 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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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.

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

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.

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Available
Trim Size
6.125
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9.25
Pages
400
ISBN
9780801838323
Illustration Description
17 halftones, 2 line drawings
Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Marconi and the America's Cup: The Making of an Inventor-Hero, 1899
2. Competition over Wireless Technology: The Inventors' Struggles for

List of Illustrations
Preface and Acknowledgments
Introduction
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
Epilogue
Notes
Index

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Susan J. Douglas

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