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History of Print Media (ch. 7-9 selected sections)

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History of Print Media (ch. 7-9 selected sections) Comm 130

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Heavy lecture notes on the History of print media given by the TA's last Thursday.
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Date Created: 02/29/16
History of Print Mass Media 03/01/2016 ▯ Books ▯ Three Important Themes: 1. The modern book did not arrive in a flash as a result of one inventor’s grand change; the book-making technology evolved rather than appeared suddenly  1440 CE —Johannes Gutenberg’s printing press o moveable type o allowed books to be printed quicker and made cheaper o 1450-18 century =>1 billion books printed 2. The book as a medium of communication developed as a result of social and legal responses to the technology during different periods  Gutenberg first printed the Bible because it was by far the most important book of his era  Led leaders in different parts of Europe to proclaim laws laying out the subjects that were appropriate for books th o Ex: British Crown and printing press of 17 century—licensing from the monarchy o Vernacular bible vs. Latin bible => tension between Catholic church (originality) and Christian Europeans that didn’t speak Latin o Copyright Act of 1709 th  Crucial social development in the 19 century — spread of literacy 3. The book as a medium of communication existed long before the existence of the book industry  Book printing became a large, profitable industry in mid 19 century due to: o Jacksonian Democracy (1829-1837)  Appealed to the “common man”  Expanded voting rights  Mass literacy emerged alongside mass politics o Technological change  Expansion of infrastructure  More access o Entrepreneurial capitalism  Emergence of book printers, bookstores, and publisher open in 19 century  Less government control; no licensing necessary  US did not recognize foreign copyrights until 1891; legalized foreign piracy  Small family-owned presses went out of business because they could not compete ▯ ▯ Newspapers: printed products created on a regular basis and released in multiple copies 1. The newspaper did not arrive in a flash as a result of one inventor’s grand change  Critical changes in the paper’s look came about with the development of methods for creating headlines across the page, ways to reproduce images and way to include color  Increased ability to reach the masses through new technology o Steam-powered press (1814) o Rotary press (1830s-50s) o Computerized printing technologies  Telegraph, telephone, and computer helped bring the news from outside the offices 2. The newspaper as a medium of communication developed as a result of social and legal responses to the technology during different periods  The rise of the belief in an adversarial press: a press that has the ability to argue with the government  1830s: The Penny Press o combined mass market appeal with industrial production on a large scale to achieve economies of scale (the larger, the cheaper and more efficient) and reach large audiences at a MUCH lower price o relied on advertising revenue o helped popularize news for more parts of society o was the product of historical circumstances  Institutional factors: the Post Office Act of 1972—emphasized the importance of news in American society  Technological factors: speed of delivery (railroads and electric telegraphs) and speed of production  Political factors: adversarial press (see above) and partisan press (papers financed and controlled by political agendas or parties)  Cultural factors: newly literate populations, growing working class, more people with daily access, shift towards pop culture and scandal  Economic factors: cheap paper, productive capacity of machinery, postal subsidies, geography (east was covered in forest), transportation 3. The newspaper as a medium of communication existed long before the existence of the book industry  1870s-1990s: number of papers increase dramatically  1880s-1900s: ads become more important for financial support and the rise of yellow (colorful) journalism  Early 20 century o Journalism more “professionalized” o Norms of objectivity o Reading the paper is a civic duty o Newspapers distancing themselves from spectacular entertainment and dubious sponsors o Rise of newspaper chains (Scripps, Hearst) ▯ ▯ Magazines ▯ The magazine did not arrive in a flash as a result of one inventor’s grand change  1700s: first published regularly in England  1741: first magazines appear in the US  MANY changes throughout the 19 century regarding the aesthetics and magazine’s look with respect to the covers and internal layout  20 century saw more ads than ever ▯ The magazine as a medium of communication developed as a result of social and legal responses to the technology during different periods  1825 there were less than 100 magazines being published in the US; this increased dramatically over the next 50 years due to: o the spread of literacy o steam-powered presses o postal loopholes and laws ▯ The magazine as a medium of communication existed long before the existence of the book industry th  Explosive growth of magazines after the Civil War and into the 19 century as well as marketing  Birth of women’s magazines: “Godey’s Lady’s Book” (1830): VERY influential and played a large role in fashion norms; perpetuated the WHITE WEDDING DRESS  1970s was the birth of more tailored magazines: BRANDING of new industrial products o Muncey’s Fundamental Shift for the Industry 1. Lower cost of magazine -> attract large audience 2. Get advertisers 3. Charge more for ads you would otherwise make from subscriptions 4. Reaching target audiences will keep the cycle going  TV as a huge challenge to magazines ▯ ▯ ▯


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