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Mass media is conveyed through standardized channels of communication
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Signals
1.
Bands of frequencies (am, fm, tv)
2.
Tracks in\on storage media
3.
Mass media is more than a simple change in the technological methods of media productuction. To
understand the mass in mass media, we need to understamd what the term masses meant at the
momemnt that mass ,media became pervasive
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For that reason we are going to spend 4 lectures discussing mass media in societyh and culture in
the interwar period which was that moment. Here, we'll just spend a little time with one thinker
from that period.
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If we start this this course with a rouigh understanding of the concept of 'mass man' it weill help us
talk about what characterizes mass media, which is one of the subjects of the first half of this course
-
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Using posters, film, radio to gain popularity with the average man.
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According to Ortega, mass society has characteristics that make it different from hierarchcial
societes that existed prior to Mass Society in time
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A suppression of minority tastes and values
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An overcomin
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Some characteristics are:
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Ortega did not share this optimism oabout the poetential of mass media
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He thought that technology as an applied tool, in contrast to science as a a pure study, blinded
people further to real social realities rather than had the potential to open their eyes
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Pure science was a sign of civilization
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The blind use of technology was a sign of barbarism
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Therefore the passisve concumption of new media without real understanding of how these media
worked was, for ortega, a sign of barbarism even if the new media aided vision.
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Communications takes place not only rthrough what ionformation is transferred along media
channels but also through devices and humans locations in places of mesia engaged practise and the
physical appearances of devices.
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Since the rise of mass media people belong to, identify with, and participate in docial networks
through networks of human and machines
-
Real physical interaction -with nobs, buttons, and controllers -real physical changes -a dirty
computer screen, a sticky cinema floor -remind us that media are always a part of larger social
practice.
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Lecture One
Monday, May 11, 2009
11:58 PM
Week 1.0 Page 1
www.notesolution.com
Part One: Overveiw of changes in media
New technological media types, new technological processes of old media, and new and improved media channels
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Camera Obscrura developed in 1400s
Daguerrotype image first created in 1839. It compined thinking about the mechanics
Early Photography
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New Media and State Sponsorship: Semaphore
1729 claude chappe proposed to french legislative assembly a new method of rapid communication across
a great distance
The new method of communication was the semaphore or optical telegraph
The assembly agreed to support the development of a network. The first telegraph line was established
between paris and lille in 1794
Was initially for military use
Defense
National unity (standardization of information, everyone getting same message)
The universality of revolutionary ideology
The semaphore was of interest to the french legislative assembly because it seemed to offer increasing
A large horizontal beam called a regulator
Two smaller wings called indicators mounted at the ends
Like person holding signal flags
Both angles of the indicators, and independently, the position of the large regulator beam could be
varied in increments of 45 degrees
This was capable of creating enough signals to convey messages
Lines branched out in a star shape around Paris between 1792 and 1852
Proved important during algerian war, and the crimean war, also the nepoleanic war
It was the first telecommunications network in europe
The semaphore telegraph consisted of
Early Telegraphy
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New Technological Media Types:
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Before photography, the most common way to reproduce 2D images
Older master prints that copied paintings in order to widen access to the unique works were first created
in germany in 1430
Some of the masters were late 15th C. early 16th artists such as Albrecht Durer
After the rise of etching with copper, engrapving no longer remained the best way to reproduce imaged,
16th C.
By the 19th C. engraving remained in use mainly for commercial illustrations
Engraving was used in newspaper and books into the early 20thC. Because it was cheaper to reproduce
than photographs
Engraving
|
a technique for reproducing images, since the middle ages
Requires no special metal working skills, anyone with drawing skills
From the time that copper was the metal in the plate, around
Ground a waxy resin ground to cover the metal surface, then a needle to scratch away the resin
The the plate in acid (mordant)
Watch the acid bite into the metal plate where the metal is exposed and see the lines you scratched in
Etching
|
A kind of printing process
Invented by bavarian, Aloys Senefelder in 1796
Positive and negative, (BG, FG) on same flat printing plane
The flatness makes the printing plate last longer which makes for longer print runs
The less formal nature of lithographic layout and composition creates the conditions necessary to create
modern newspaper illustrations
Print advertisements become popular
Lithography
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New Technological processes of old media:
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Mediated Revolution
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
10:11 AM
Week 2.0 Page 2
www.notesolution.com
Print advertisements become popular
Invented by Nocholas Louis Rovert and Leger Didot
Sealy and Henry Fourdrinier, London based stationers financed the project
First US Fourdrinier machine installed in 1827
The single machine could accomplish every step required to turn wood pulp into final paper
Paper Machine
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These All increased the circulation of print, and standardized what was printed
Rotary Printing Press
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Steam Printing
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In the period of the American and French Revolution, getting information across oceans remained slow
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Even though the first small steamships were created in 1780, it wasn't until 1839 that any ship completed a
transatlantic voyage entirely by steam
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By the mid 1840s the trip could be made as quickly as 14 days and 21 hours.
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Transatlantic Oceanic Transport of Information before the Telegraph
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Sea traffic between england and north america doubled between the 1680s and 1730s
In 1702 a system of packet boats were set up with monthly sailings and a 100-day sched
Printed materials shipped between britain and the 13 colonies took around 3 months to get to recipients
in this period
Improved Postal Systems
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Railway transportation standardized time
They also helped create more efficient communication channels
Post offices/postal services grew that aided in the distribution of printed literature
It also mattered in other ways, with the rise of trains, literature began to spread with paperbacks
Specific kinds of lit arose to suit the kind of readin that we do in transit
Genres and lit forms grew to cater for mobile markets of readers
New smaller book formats were created to be more portable
Railway Networks
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Early Cable Networks
|
New and Improved Media
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Part Two: Engagement with Fritzsche's argument about this period and the sensation of living in 'new times'
Simon Schama claims that the literacy rates in France in the late eighteenth century were higher than the rates
in late twentieth century US
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However, literacy is hard to define, Schama's test was if the subject could sign their name
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Unskilled day wage laborers were the main group of illiterate people
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Catholic missions had promoted 'little schools' in the 17th and 18th C and they were very successful at increasing
literacy
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These schools were very successful in promoting literacy
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Literacy in 18th C France
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Maria Lafayette, lesbian.
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Revolutionary Era Pamphlets
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Around 1780, 35% of all households included some books
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The books being read were religious
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However, fantasies and fairy stories were also categorized of pop literature
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This literature was cheap
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The Blue Library, with porn, etc, was sold at street stalls and fairs
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It included morality tales that had steany passages
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Some of it veered into the realm of pornography
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For the French revolutionary leaders who were organizing public national festivals in orde to replace old
Christianity and radically secularize france, the declatation of rights was imagined a book that would replace the
Christian bible
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Changes in the process of paper making and in postal systems made the spread of this document and many
other revolutionary documents a much quicker process
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Book Ownership
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Unbound literature: includes almanacs, posters, notices, postcards
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In old regime paris, each morning men would put up bills
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These notices would include news of battles, edicts of the kind and promotions for public festivals
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These ffical notices would soemtime be defaces
Unbound Literature
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Week 2.0 Page 3
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Lecture One Monday, May 11, 2009 11:58 PM - Mass media isconveyed through standardized channels of communication 1. Signals 2. Bands of frequencies (am, fm, tv) 3. Tracks inon storage media - Mass media ismore than a simplechange in the technological methods of mediaproductuction. To understand the mass in mass media, we need to understamd what the term masses meant at the momemnt that mass,media became pervasive - For that reason we are going to spend 4 lectures discussing massmedia in societyh and culture in the interwarperiod which was that moment. Here, well just spend a littletime with one thinker from that period. - If we start this this course with a rouigh understanding of the concept of mass man it weillhelp us talk about what characterizes mass media, which is one of the subjects of the first half of this course - Ortega wrote in spain in the decade afgter the mass supposrted facists, benito, mussolini,hitler, had risen to power in italyand germanyrespectively, - Using posters, film,radio to gain popularity with the averageman. - According to Ortega, masssociety has characteristics that make it different from hierarchcial societes that existed prior to Mass Society in time - Some characteristics are: A suppression of minority tastes and values An overcomin - Ortega did not share this optimism oabout the poetential of mass media - He thought that technology as an appliedtool, in contrast to science as a a pure study, blinded people further to real social realitiesrather than had the potential to open their eyes - Pure science was a sign of civilization - The blinduse of technology was a sign of barbarism - Therefore the passisveconcumption of new mediawithout real understanding of how these media worked was, for ortega, a signof barbarism even if the new mediaaided vision. - Communicationstakes place not onlyrthrough what ionformation istransferred along media channels but also through devicesand humans locations in places of mesiaengagedpractise and the physical appearances of devices. - Since the riseof mass mediapeople belong to, identifywith, and participate indocial networks through networks of human and machines - Real physical interaction - with nobs, buttons, and controllers - real physical changes - a dirty computer screen, a sticky cinema floor - remind us that media are alwaysa part of larger social practice. www.notesolution.com Mediated Revolution Tuesday,May 19,2009 10:11AM PartOne:Overveiw of changes in media - New technologicalmedia types,new technologicalprocesses ofold media,and new andimprovedmedia channels - New TechnologicalMedia Types: Early Photography CameraObscruradeveloped in 1400s Daguerrotypeimage first created in 1839.It compinedthinkingaboutthe mechanics Early Telegraphy New Media and State Sponsorship:Semaphore 1729claudechappeproposed to frenchlegislative assemblya new method of rapid communicationacross a great distance The new methodof communication was thesemaphoreor opticaltelegraph The assemblyagreed to supportthe developmentof a network.Thefirst telegraph line was established between paris andlille in 1794 Was initially for military use The semaphorewas of interest to the frenchlegislative assemblybecauseit seemed to offer increasing Defense Nationalunity (standardizationof information,everyonegetting samemessage) The universalityof revolutionaryideology The semaphoretelegraph consistedof A large horizontalbeamcalled a regulator Two smallerwings called indicatorsmountedat the ends Like personholdingsignalflags Both anglesof the indicators,andindependently,the positionof the large regulatorbeamcould be varied in incrementsof 45 degrees This was capableof creatingenoughsignalsto conveymessages Lines branched outin a star shape aroundParis between 1792and 1852 Proved importantduringalgerian war,and the crimean war,also the nepoleanicwar It was the first telecommunications networkin europe - New Technologicalprocesses ofold media: Engraving Before photography,the mostcommon wayto reproduce2D images Older masterprints that copied paintingsin order to widen accessto the uniqueworks were first created in germanyin 1430 Someof the masterswere late 15th C. early 16th artists suchas Albrecht Durer After the rise of etchingwith copper,engrapvingno longerremainedthe bestway to reproduce imaged, 16th C. By the 19th C. engravingremainedin usemainly for commercialillustrations Engravingwas usedin newspaperand booksinto the early 20thC.Becauseit was cheaperto reproduce than photographs Etching a technique forreproducingimages,sincethe middle ages Requiresno specialmetal workingskills, anyone with drawingskills Fromthe time that copperwas the metal in the plate, around Ground awaxy resin ground to coverthe metal surface,then a needle to scratch awaythe resin The the plate in acid (mordant) Watch the acid bite into the metal plate wherethe metal is exposed andsee the lines you scratchedin Lithography A kind of printing process Invented by bavarian,Aloys Senefelderin 1796 Positive andnegative, (BG, FG) on sameflat printing plane The flatnessmakes the printingplate last longer which makesfor longerprint runs The less formal natureof lithographiclayout andcompositioncreates the conditionsnecessaryto create modernnewspaperillustrations Print advertisementsbecomepopular www.notesolution.com
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