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New media, 1740-1915

Author: Lisa Gitelman; Geoffrey B Pingree
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003.
Series: Media in transition.
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"Reminding us that all media were once new, this book challenges the notion that to study new media is to study exclusively today's new media. Examining a variety of media in their historic contexts, it explores those moments of transition when new media were not yet fully defined and their significance was still in flux. Examples range from familiar devices such as the telephone and phonograph to unfamiliar  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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New media, 1740-1915.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2003
(OCoLC)606974049
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Lisa Gitelman; Geoffrey B Pingree
ISBN: 0262072459 9780262072458
OCLC Number: 50252046
Description: xxxiii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: What's new about new media? / Geoffrey B. Pingree and Lisa Gitelman --
Zograscopes, virtual reality, and the mapping of polite society in eighteenth-century England / Erin C. Blake --
Heads of state: profiles and politics in Jeffersonian America / Wendy Bellion --
Children of media, children as media: optical telegraphs, Indian pupils, and Joseph Lancaster's system for cultural replication / Patricia Crain --
Telegraphy's corporeal fictions / Katherine Stubbs --
From phantom image to perfect vision: physiological optics, commercial photography, and the popularization of the stereoscope / Laura Burd Schiavo --
Sinful network or divine service: competing meanings of the telephone in Amish country / Diane Zimmerman Umble --
Souvenir foils: on the status of print at the origin of recorded sound / Lisa Gitelman --
R.L. Garner and the rise of the Edison phonograph in evolutionary philology / Gregory Radick --
Scissorizing and scrapbooks: nineteenth-century reading, remaking, and recirculating / Ellen Gruber Garvey --
Media on display: a telegraphic history of early American cinema / Paul Young.
Series Title: Media in transition.
Responsibility: edited by Lisa Gitelman and Geoffrey B. Pingree.
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"Reminding us that all media were once new, this book challenges the notion that to study new media is to study exclusively today's new media. Examining a variety of media in their historic contexts, it explores those moments of transition when new media were not yet fully defined and their significance was still in flux. Examples range from familiar devices such as the telephone and phonograph to unfamiliar curiosities such as the physiognotrace and the zograscope. Moving beyond the story of technological innovation, the book considers emergent media as sites of ongoing cultural exchange. It considers how habits and structures of communication can frame a collective sense of public and private and how they inform our apprehensions of the "real.""--Jacket.

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