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The Post Office Proposes

Asa Briggs

in The History of Broadcasting in the United Kingdom, Volume I: The Birth of Broadcasting

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780192129260
eISBN:
9780191670008
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192129260.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Cultural History

This chapter explores the role of the British Post Office in the formation of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). It explains that F.J. Brown was the Post Office official directly concerned ... More


“Shocks in China”: History, Telegraphy, and the Crisis of Spirit

Christopher Bush

in Ideographic Modernism: China, Writing, Media

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195393828
eISBN:
9780199866601
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393828.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

This chapter examines the relationship between “China” and the emergence of globalized telecommunications. Starting from Paul Valéry’s response to the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–95, I analyze his ... More


Keats’s Ways: The Dark Passages of Mediation and Giving Up Hyperion

Yohei Igarashi

in The Connected Condition: Romanticism and the Dream of Communication

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781503610040
eISBN:
9781503610736
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9781503610040.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The fourth chapter proposes a new way to read Keats’s most famous letters and his two fragmentary attempts at epic, Hyperion (1819–1820). There is a major, although overlooked, dissonance throughout ... More


. Visionary Inventors

Michael Brian Schiffer

in Draw the Lightning Down: Benjamin Franklin and Electrical Technology in the Age of Enlightenment

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520238022
eISBN:
9780520939851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520238022.003.0011
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter addresses a number of electrical products devised by the Enlightenment community of visionary inventors. The electric orrery was simply a clever device for showing that electricity could ... More


Wiring the Nation: Telecommunication, Newspaper-Reportage, and Nation Building in British India, 1850-1930

Michael Mann

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
March 2017
ISBN:
9780199472178
eISBN:
9780199088843
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199472178.001.0001
Subject:
History, Indian History, Social History

So far, the history of telegraphy has been written from a technological perspective and, as a result, as a history of Western progress and modernity. In contrast, this book focuses on the social, ... More


Sites of Practice and Discourses of Telegraphy

Amelia Bonea

in The News of Empire: Telegraphy, Journalism, and the Politics of Reporting in Colonial India, c. 1830–1900

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780199467129
eISBN:
9780199087136
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199467129.003.0003
Subject:
History, Social History

Beginning from the premise that technology gains meaning through its use in specific social contexts and situations, this chapter complicates previous accounts of electric telegraphy in colonial ... More


Marinetti, Marconista: The Futurist Manifestos and the Emergence of Wireless Writing

Timothy C. Campbell

in Broadcasting Modernism

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780813033495
eISBN:
9780813038315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813033495.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

For all the emphasis on Marinetti and his wireless imagination, the actual parameters of his interaction with wireless telegraphy and later radio remain largely unknown. This chapter turns to these ... More


Hearing the Field

Peter Pesic

in Music and the Making of Modern Science

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262027274
eISBN:
9780262324380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262027274.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The entwined stories of Charles Wheatstone and Michael Faraday interwove sound and electromagnetism, as had Hans Christian Ørsted’s original discoveries in that field. Though Faraday lacked ... More


Writing to be Seen and Heard: Petitions and Protests

Hoda A. Yousef

in Composing Egypt: Reading, Writing, and the Emergence of a Modern Nation, 1870-1930

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780804797115
eISBN:
9780804799218
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804797115.003.0006
Subject:
History, Middle East History

This chapter examines how new literacies impacted the protest and petitioning movements of the early twentieth century. Older forms of communication and writing were adapted to the changing ... More


Charles Wheatstone’s Enchanted Lyre and the Spectacle of Sound

Melisa Dickson

in Sound Knowledge: Music and Science in London, 1789-1851

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226402079
eISBN:
9780226402109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226402109.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

Dickson makes Wheatstone’s Enchanted Lyre or “Acoucryptophone” the point of departure for a study of fantasies about the materialisation and sight of sound. The Acoucryptophone was one device on ... More


Instruments of Empire

James Q. Davies

in Sound Knowledge: Music and Science in London, 1789-1851

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226402079
eISBN:
9780226402109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226402109.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter links the island of Java with metropolitan London and rural South Africa. It invokes visions of a “global nineteenth century” in order to present a critical archeology of modern concepts ... More


Submarine Cables and Diplomatic Culture

David Paull Nickles

in Communications Under the Seas: The Evolving Cable Network and Its Implications

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012867
eISBN:
9780262255059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012867.003.0102
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter talks about how submarine telegraphy has influenced and helped modify diplomatic relations to how it is today. In fact, there were those who saw the expansion of submarine telegraphy as ... More


The Geopolitical Implications of Communication under the Seas

Peter J. Hugill

in Communications Under the Seas: The Evolving Cable Network and Its Implications

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012867
eISBN:
9780262255059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012867.003.0122
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter provides a brief overview of the contents of the book as well as the conclusion and implications laid out by each chapter included in the collection. The constant presence of submarine ... More


Networking the Atlantic

Simone M. Müller

in Wiring the World: The Social and Cultural Creation of Global Telegraph Networks

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780231174329
eISBN:
9780231540261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231174329.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Chapter 1 focuses on the emergence of the class of 1866 as gatekeepers of the global media system to come by re-telling the story of the Great Atlantic Cable project (1854-1866) from their ... More


Private Enterprise, Public Good?: Communications Deregulation as a National Political Issue, 1839–1851

Richard R. John

in Beyond the Founders: New Approaches to the Political History of the Early American Republic

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807828892
eISBN:
9781469605241
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898833_pasley.16
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

This chapter explores the movement that flourished between 1839 and 1851 that limited the involvement of the federal government on the postal system and the telegraph network, which at the time ... More


Submarine Telegraphy: A Study in Technical Stagnation

Bernard Finn

in Communications Under the Seas: The Evolving Cable Network and Its Implications

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012867
eISBN:
9780262255059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012867.003.0014
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter focuses on the innovation of submarine telegraphy, and discusses the history of the development of underwater cables, first proposed by John and Jacob Brett in 1845, and how they ... More


Small Nation, International Submarine Telegraphy, and International Politics: The Great Northern Telegraph Company, 1869–1940

Kurt Jacobsen

in Communications Under the Seas: The Evolving Cable Network and Its Implications

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012867
eISBN:
9780262255059
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012867.003.0061
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the influence of the Great Northern Telegraph Company (GNTC) on international telegraphy and its business environment, and discusses international relations between different ... More


Ringing the Changes: Thomas Hardy’s Communication Networks

Edward Allen

in Rural Modernity in Britain: A Critical Intervention

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2021
ISBN:
9781474420952
eISBN:
9781474453851
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474420952.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

This chapter puts an end to a characteristic strain of critical grief bemoaning the dissolution of idyllic country habits including, in particular, the pealing of soundscapes past. Thomas Hardy ... More


Aida, Media, and Temporal Politics circa 1871–72

Francesca Vella

in Networking Operatic Italy

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2022
ISBN:
9780226815701
eISBN:
9780226815718
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226815718.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter revisits the politics of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida by exploring the media ecology that underpinned early stagings of the opera in Cairo (1871) and Milan (1872). By attending to the ... More


Networks of Time, Networks of Knowledge

Henning Schmidgen

in The Helmholtz Curves: Tracing Lost Time

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9780823261949
eISBN:
9780823266463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823261949.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Helmholtz’s use of the galvanometer as an electro-magnetic timing device was embedded in an emerging culture of telegraphic networks for communicating time signals. This chapter shows that the ... More


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