Introduction: Communication, Government, Populations

  • Philip DearmanEmail author
  • Cathy Greenfield
  • Peter Williams
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


The first chapter brings into focus the book’s agenda, which is to bring a populational perspective to media and communication. First, it sketches how different people are placed in relation to broadband technology, the small and large problems presented by broadband, the social relations within which people are variously positioned, and the consequences of broadband for the actual lives of populations. Second, the chapter sets out key working concepts used throughout the book: communication, communication technologies, government, populations, rhetoric, and history.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Philip Dearman
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cathy Greenfield
    • 2
  • Peter Williams
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Media and CommunicationRMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.RMIT UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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