Thursday, April 16, 2009

Rise of Radio

World War I affected a lot of things , but one of the things that were changed for the good was the "reinvention" of radio. " Radio technology before the war was primarily to the military". " the war led the federal government to intervene in uncharacteristic ways, suspending patent rights for the wars duration, seixing control of foreign assests, standardizing radio components for war production, and training servicemen in skills they carried into civilian life"(331). The change in patent conflicts made it easier for big companies such as Westinghouse to get involved in the radio equipment buisness. Radio is such a big part of todays society and how people obtain information and news. Its one of the top 5 forms of entertainment and advertisement used in society today. So much work went into bringing radio to were it is today. Most people wouldn't realize that the Government played a huge role in making radio become what it is today.

Starr, Paul. "The constitution of the air." The Creation of the Media Political Origins of Modern Communications. New York: Basic Books, 2005. 330-31


At 1:01 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post The government did play an important role in the early radio industry. WWI forced a collaboration between corporations and government that transformed the industry. Radio was still at that time primarily a point-to-point medium.


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