Thursday, March 08, 2007

Chapter 5 Wiring the News

"By the 1860's, the telegraph had become a firmly established medium for a
critical, even if limited, type of communication. Too expensive for individual
use except by the most affluent, it found it's primary customers in finance and
business, the state, and the press. It carried the high-value, timesensetive
commerical and govermental communication as well as dispatches about
breaking news of extralocal interest," ( Starr,177).

In The Creation of the Media, Starr touches upon technology and how it's not always available to the general public because of the cost it's not always available to them. This shows another way of the government such as the elite and trying to control and dominate lower class and trying to keep them back, trying to always keep them under their control.


At 8:52 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good quote.

Your comment is a bit general. How exactly was the government trying to limit access to the telegraph? I am not sure that you have enough evidence for your conclusion that an elite was trying to "dominate the lower class" here. If creating a telegraph network was expensive then how should it be paid for? What choices were made by the government in the 19th Century about who should be responsible for this network?


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