The classic text on media and communication technology in 1902. Now fully restructured and edited by Lon Barfield in 2015. In 1902 Archibald Williams channelled his enthusiasm about the rapid changes that were happening in media, communication and transport into this book. This is the voice of a technologist from the crucible of the information era. His writing is clear and entertaining and covers the underlying technologies and the personal and social ramifications of the dawning world of global communications. Amongst the devices and topics he writes about are: The Photophone (a lesser known project of Graham Bell's) The political and social reasons why the French car industry overtook the British The Telephonograph (or 'voicemail' as we now call it) The workings of the first advertising service on the Hungarian Telephone system The impact of mass electronic media on society The inventions that he describes have become the building blocks of today's technology. A fascinating read for today's designers of digital media and communication systems, and anybody else with an interest in the history of technology. This new edition from Bosko Books has been edited, re-ordered and provided with a foreword by Lon Barfield.
Challenges conventional views of the Edwardian period as either a hangover of Victorianism or a bystander to literary modernismIn this ground-breaking study, Jonathan Wild investigates the literary history of the Edwardian decade. This period, long overlooked by critics, is revealed as a vibrant cultural era whose writers were determined to break away from the stifling influence of preceding Victorianism. In the hands of this generation, which included writers such as Arnold Bennett, Joseph Conrad, E. M. Forster, Beatrix Potter, and H.G. Wells, the new century presented a unique opportunity to fashion innovative books for fresh audiences. Wild traces this literary innovation by conceptualising the focal points of his study as branches of one of the new department stores that epitomized Edwardian modernity.a These adepartments war and imperialism, the rise of the lower middle class, childrens literature, technology and decadence, and the condition of England offer both discrete and interconnected ways in which to understand the distinctiveness and importance of the Edwardian literary scene. Overall, The Great Edwardian Emporium offers a long-overdue investigation into a decade of literature that provided the cultural foundation for the coming century.
This intriguing book examines how material objects of the 20th century—ranging from articles of clothing to tools and weapons, communication devices, and toys and games—reflect dominant ideas and testify to the ways social change happens. • Supplies numerous examples of the ways in which American innovation depended on immigrants who invented new technologies and contributed immeasurably towards a uniquely powerful American economy • Demonstrates how American material life was created through globalization, from products imported into this country, such as Atari's video game console, to American products dependent upon imported materials, such as American cigarettes that used imported tobacco, and the coffee percolator on the kitchen table, serving up imported brewed coffee beans • Highlights how the ongoing struggle to achieve true equality and democracy is evidenced through objects such as a voting machine from 1900, the bus that Rosa Parks boarded, the buttons worn by gay rights activists, and the robe Muhammad Ali, a converted Muslim American, fought in—material items that played a role in the ongoing project of American political life