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AOTD Ch5 - Amelia Burns English 2000 Pappas AOTD Essay...

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Amelia Burns English 2000 Pappas AOTD Essay Questions—Ch. 5 1. Both telegraphy and photography overwhelmed the Age of Exposition. Telegraphy changed the way people communicated over long distances. Previously information could only be delivered as fast as a human or train could carry it. Telegraphy was a new idea that “transportation and communication could be disengaged from each other” (64). It destroyed the lines between communities and created “one neighborhood of the whole country” (65). The telegraph made information and news into “a commodity…that could be bought and sold” regardless of its meaning (65). Photography created a language of particularities. Typographic language only makes sense in a series of propositions. Photographic language can exist without context. A photograph “isolate[s] images from context, so as to make them visible in a different way” (73). Telegraphy and photography both create information about the world as “a series of idiosyncratic events” (73). Neither need rational comprehension and therefore set up the world for the transition to the Age of Show Business. 2. The new content of information brought about by telegraphy valued novelty, curiosity, and interest. It was also valued for speed of delivery and the distances it travelled. Print news quickly picked up on this phenomenon with speed. It was a short time until “the fortune of
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