America Calling: A Social History of the Telephone to 1940
The telephone looms large in our lives, as present in modern societies as cars and television. Claude Fischer presents a social history of this vital but little-studied technology - how we encountered, tested, and ultimately embraced it with enthusiasm. Using telephone ads, oral histories, telephone industry correspondence and statistical data, the study explores how, when and why Americans started communicating in this radically new manner.
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There is a distinct parallel between the history of the adoption of the telephone and the history of the growth of the Internet. Fischer's book shows how the telephone began as a broadcast system but ... Read full review
America calling: a social history of the telephone to 1940User Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
A warning to those who see technology as having clear and far-reaching consequences in American life: Don't use the telephone as an obvious example. From a user-centered view of technological ... Read full review