Show: New America Events - The Future of Media

Episode: 0004 Network Nation (Part 2 of 4)

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Episode Description:

Telecommunication forms a vital thread in the fabric of societal information and communication. It has shaped the ways in which global economies operate. Studying the history of telecommunications is essential to understand the evolution of the state, politics, and society in the present day.

In Network Nation, an exhaustively researched account of the history of American telecommunications, Richard R. John explains how the first electrical communications networks, the telephone and telegraph, emerged as mass communication offerings “nurtured by a particular configuration of governmental institutions and civic ideals,” despite strong business lobbying in favor of limiting services for an exclusive clientele. In this discussion, the author and a panel of media experts explore his arguments and their policy implications.

Participants Include:

Tom Glaisyer
Knight Media Policy Initiative
New America Foundation

Keynote speaker
Prof. Richard R. John
Columbia University
Author, Network Nation: Inventing American Telecommunications

Prof. Patricia Aufderheide
Center for Social Media, American University

Sascha Meinrath
Director, Open Technology Initiative
New America Foundation

Andrew J. Schwartzman
Senior Vice-President and Policy Director
Media Access Project

This discussion took place in October 2010. For additional details, please see

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