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Monday, April 13 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Research Podium Session: Musings on Clio’s Craft and Electronic Media History -- Louise Benjamin, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences, Kansas State University

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Since the electronic telegraph largely replaced flag-based semaphore telegraph systems in the early 1800s, electronic media have been shrinking the world. What once took days to communicate, now needed mere hours or even minutes. By the late 1800s the telephone gave voice to communications, and in the early twentieth century both wireless telegraphy and wireless telephony flourished. Wireless telephony became radio broadcasting in the Roaring Twenties, and television followed in the post World War II years. Beginning in the 1980s, cable challenged over-the-air television and, in turn, is being tested by newer forms of electronic communication today. All these communication media share common patterns in their evolutionary history. What are these attributes? How do these commonalities contribute to our historical understanding of communication media? What challenges and opportunities face future media history scholars in researching and comprehending American society through its use of new and old media? This presentation ponders these questions and the future of electronic media history.

Louise Benjamin (Ph.D., University of Iowa) is a professor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Kansas State University. Her research interests include the history and regulation of electronic media, especially early broadcast radio. She is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on media law and history and two books, The NBC Advisory Council and Radio Program Development, 1926-1945, and Freedom of the Air and the Public Interest: First Amendment Rights in Broadcasting to 1935. The latter received the National Communication Association’s Franklyn S. Haiman Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Freedom of Expression. She is past chair of the BEA Festival of Media Arts, book review editor for the Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and past chair of BEA’s History and Law & Policy Divisions. She is a former television director-producer and teaches broadcast writing, electronic media history, and telecommunications law and policy. 
Introduction by: Robert K. Avery, University of Utah

Monday April 13, 2015 10:00am - 11:15am
Conference Room 2/3

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