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When old technologies were new : thinking about electric communication in the late nineteenth century

Author: Carolyn Marvin
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1988.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the history of electronic communication, the last quarter of the 19th century holds a special place, for it was during this period that the telephone, phonograph, electric light, wireless, and cinema were all invented. In When Old Technologies Were New, Carolyn Marvin explores how two of these new inventions--the telephone and the electric light--were publicly envisioned at the end of the 19th century, as seen in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Carolyn Marvin
ISBN: 0195044681 9780195044683 0195063414 9780195063417
OCLC Number: 15109205
Description: 269 pages, [14] pages of plates : illustrations, facsimiles ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
1. Inventing the expert: technological literacy as social currency --
2. Community and class order: progress close to home --
3. Locating the body in electrical space and time: competing authorities --
4. Dazzling the multitude: original media spectacles --
5. Annihilating space, time, and difference: experiments in cultural homogenization --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Carolyn Marvin.
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