Monday, February 19, 2007

Chapter 2

"Shipping increased in frequency, speed, and dependability; postal communication
was established on a more regular and reliable basis; the flow of consumer goods
from England rose; and the column of information communicated in books and
periodicals grew. These developments put the colonies in closer touch with
London's metropolitan culture, allowing them to become, in some respects more
English than they had before." (Starr, pg. 47)

This quote from the text discusses in short the entire chapter of "New Foundations". With the rise of communication between the American colonies and England, the people who had come to the new land could start to develop their own systems and methods of communication in America. Modeling after their mother country wasn't such a bad idea because it was the early colonies in this country as well as the methods used in England to make The United States what it came to be today.


At 11:40 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post and a good choice of quote.

The relationship between Great Britain and its colonies was one of a metropolitan cultural and political center and its colonial periphery. Tastes in everything from furniture and fashion to ideas and books moved from the center to the periphery. This is a model of cultural and media diffusion. It also marks an enormous difference in political power and a relationship of media dependency.


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