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Titanic legacy : disaster as media event and myth

Author: Paul Heyer
Publisher: Westport, CT : Praeger, 1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the first book to deal exclusively with the influence and meaning of what media historian Paul Heyer calls "our century's first collective nightmare." Using contemporary as well as archival sources, he explores a series of intriguing questions: Why has the TITANIC disaster affected the way we think about ourselves and our technology? How has the media made it into a morality play of mythic dimensions? What  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Heyer, Paul, 1946-
Titanic legacy.
Westport, CT : Praeger, 1995
(OCoLC)605008783
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Heyer
ISBN: 0275953521 9780275953522
OCLC Number: 32699406
Description: xi, 175 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. I. Introduction --
1. The persistent disaster --
2. Realizing a dream, anticipating a nightmare --
pt. II. Wireless world --
3. Marconi and maritime communication --
4. Wireless at work --
5. Sarnoff's luck --
6. Reassessment and regulation --
pt. III. Chasing the story --
7. The battle of New York --
8. Carr Van Anda and the New York Times --
9. Why? --
pt. IV. Disaster as metaphor --
10. Responses and renderings in literature --
11. The sinking in cinema --
12. Resurrection --
13. Conclusion: The Titanic as myth --
Appendices --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Paul Heyer.

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