7-12 - COGN 20 July 12, 2007 THE RISE OF MASS MEDIA AND...

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COGN 20 July 12, 2007 THE RISE OF MASS MEDIA AND MEDIA REPRESENTATION -The advent of the telegraph -the success of the first telegraph line in 1844 ushered in the modern communication era in America. -this “annihilation of space and time” had profound consequences for politics, commerce, the press, and moral life. -the effects of instantaneous communication, the transmission of thought, opened up many possibilities for the nation. -it also opened up questions about the very nature of communication: is it a mutual process or sharing, or is it a one-way or private transmission? -the telegraph and the press Telegraphy dramatically transformed the press It gave rise to the modern conception of news and our present methods of news gathering --the growth and influence of “penny papers” (because they cost a penny rather than 6 so working class could afford them) expanded because of the rapid transmission allowed by the telegraph -greater stress on local and sensational news -invention of the “human interest story”
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