Thursday, February 26, 2009

The Art of War

The birth of World War 1 solidified the importance of telecommunication within our nation. Telecommunication played a vital role in in strategic military communication as well as the rapid spread of public awareness. While World War 1 did not mark the beginning of mass propaganda, the war definitely turned the technique into a driving force for, "a far more substantial enterprise, aimed at mobilizing a state's own citizens, demoralizing the enemy, and swaying the public in neutral countries." Perhaps the most vital development in the early stages of telecommunication that derived from World War 1 was the development of air to ground communication. This form of telecommunication allowed early U.S. militants to perform such tasks as spotting enemy planes, and advancements later down the line soon allowed troops to locate, target u-boats and other water based vessels.


At 5:04 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

Radio as point to point wireless communications was crucial to the military. The demand created by the war transformed the radio industry. In the U.S., the government took control of the industry and its patents. This led to a forced partnership between the government and the radio manufacturers that shaped the development of American radio.

Mass propaganda is a different topic. Radio was not yet a mass, broadcast medium during WWI.


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