Write at least 300 words in response to "Wireless World" by Stephen Kern (CIH 187-190), "The Public Voice of Radio" by John Durham Peters (CIH 190-193), and/or "Early Radio" by Susan Douglas (CIH 194-200).
Two issues with vast implications for our study of Media Ecology are:
- The "simultaneity of experience" experienced by the world for the first time with the Titanic Disaster of 1912 and the implications of this new world of instant data streams (see Max Nordau's response at the end of p. 189-190)
- The struggles to define the nature of radio and how it would be conceived of, produced, consumed and regulated, culminating in the concept of "broadcasting" (193)
- The rise and fall of "peer to peer" radio (amateurs broadcasting and receiving through their own little radio stations) and the eventual triumph of the modern form of "broadcast" radio controlled by state regulation and big business, a tool for "forging a national culture" during a chaotic and challenging period in the early 20th century (200)