Technology and Innovation

  • Catherine WatersEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


Like the railroad, photograph, or telegraph, with all of which it was closely associated, the journalism of the Victorian special correspondent brought the world closer, shrinking space and time in conveying readers imaginatively to distant places. Indeed, they reported the very developments in transport and communications technology upon which the delivery of their own graphic news coverage depended. This chapter examines two major enterprises—the 1859 maiden voyage of the Great Eastern and 1865 Atlantic Telegraph cable expedition—both marred by failure, but which provide illuminating case studies illustrating the shifting relationship between old and new transport and communication technologies in the second half of the nineteenth century.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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