History Lessons: Then and Now

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


This chapter presents a range of heuristic lessons from the histories of print, telegraphy, and broadcast, focusing on how these technologies have been and remain implicated in exercises of power bearing on specific populations, and how they have been apprehended as harbingers of change. Discussing some “past” communication technologies, it moves backward and forward between centuries and between “older” and “newer” media: for example, between older and newer ways of “doing the books” and the kinds of individuals these practices have helped form. In so doing the chapter explicates how communication technologies are part of governing populations, the formative dimensions of this approach, and the inseparable link between communication technology and the political technology of individuals.


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  • 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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