Electric Sounds : Technological Change And the Rise of Corporate Mass Media (Hardcover)

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The 1920s and 1930s marked some of the most important developments in the history of the American mass media: the film industry''s conversion to synchronous sound, the rise of radio networks and advertising-supported broadcasting, the establishment of a federal regulatory framework, and the birth of a new acoustic commodity in which consumers accessed stories, songs, and other products through multiple media formats.

The innovations of this period not only restructured and consolidated corporate mass media interests while shifting the conventions of media consumption. They renegotiated the social functions assigned to mass media forms. In this impeccably researched history, Steve J. Wurtzler grasps the full story of sounds media, proving that the ultimate form technology takes is never predetermined but shaped by conflicting visions of technological possibility in economic, cultural, and political realms.


Publisher Lightning Source Inc
Mfg Part# 9780231136761
SKU 202706565
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0231136765
Release Date 4/10/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.25H x 6.5L x 1.25T
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 22
Number of Pages 0393
Publisher Columbia University Press
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