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*Visions of Electric Media* is an historical examination into the early history of television, as it was understood during the Victorian and Machine ages. How did the television that we use today develop into a functional technology? What did Victorians expect it to become? How did the 'vision' of television change once viewers could actually see pictures on a screen? We will journey through the history of 'television': from the first indications of live communications in technology and culture in the late nineteenth century, to the development of electronic televisual systems in the early twentieth century. Along the way, we will investigate the philosophy, folklore, engineering practices, and satires that went into making television a useful medium.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. List of Figures
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  1. Introduction: The Lifespan of a Media Technology
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  1. 1. The Telephonoscope: How a Satire of Electric Light became a Visual Telephone
  2. pp. 37-64
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  1. 2. The Far-Sight Machine and the Kinetograph: How Television Brought Liveness to the Cinema
  2. pp. 65-104
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  1. 3. Human-Seeing Machines: From Annihilating Space to Mediated Vision
  2. pp. 105-152
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  1. Interlude
  2. pp. 153-160
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  1. 4. The Illuminating Engineers: Standardizing Vision
  2. pp. 161-190
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  1. 5. The Ikonophone: Bell Laboratory’s Two-Way Television Project
  2. pp. 191-234
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 235-240
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 241-282
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  1. About the Author
  2. pp. 283-284
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9789048537877
MARC Record
OCLC
1126212348
Pages
264
Launched on MUSE
2021-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes

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