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Centuries of development and improvements to communications technology have revealed fairly predictable production and market trends. The lifecycle of a product has been established, the theories of performance have been addressed and the pros and cons of competition have been identified.

 

In her book, “A Social History of American Technology,” Ruth Schwartz Cowan follows the introduction and displacement of communications technologies. Starting with the development of wireless telegraphy in 1887 and following history through to the 1990s’ popularity of cable television, Cowan uncovers the patterns of technological growth. The focus of her work, however, is the question of “Who should be in charge of all the various technologies of communication?” (p. 273).

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