Blue Skies: A History of Cable Television by Patrick R. Parsons PDF

By Patrick R. Parsons

Cable tv is arguably the dominant mass media expertise within the U.S. today.  Blue Skies lines its historical past intimately, depicting the real occasions and folks that formed its improvement, from the precursors of cable television within the Nineteen Twenties and '30s to the 1st group antenna platforms within the Nineteen Fifties, and from the production of the nationwide satellite-distributed cable networks within the Seventies to the present incarnation of "info-structure" that dominates our lives.  writer Patrick Parsons additionally considers the ways in which economics, public belief, public coverage, entrepreneurial personalities, the social development of the chances of cable, and easy likelihood all inspired the improvement of cable TV.

Since the Nineteen Sixties, one of many pervasive visions of "cable" has been of a ubiquitous, versatile, interactive communications process able to supplying information, details, leisure, assorted neighborhood programming, or even social services.  That set of utopian hopes turned often called the "Blue Sky" imaginative and prescient of cable tv, from which the booklet takes its title.

Thoroughly documented and thoroughly researched, but vigorous, sometimes funny, and constantly insightful, Blue Skies is the family tree of our media society.

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