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By Daniel J. Czitrom

In a desirable and finished highbrow background of recent verbal exchange in the USA, Daniel Czitrom examines the ongoing contradictions among the innovative chances that new communications applied sciences supply and their use as tools of domination and exploitation.

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These journals shifted to a greater stress on local and sensational news (especially crime and sex) and invented the so-called human-interest story. With their big circulations and large advertising revenues, the penny papers could spend huge sums for procuring news from all over the country in speedy fashion. 22 All of the latest forms of transportation and communication were utilized by the penny press, at great expense: chartered steamboats and railroads, horse and stage expresses, harbor patrols, and carrier pigeons.

18 American Motion Pictures 39 Although it virtually disappeared by 1900, the kinetoscope provided a critical catalyst to further invention and investment. With its diffusion all over America and Europe, the competitive pressure to create a viable motion picture projector, as well as other cameras, intensified. During the middle 1890s various people worked furiously at the task. , C. Francis Jenkins and Thomas Armat had discovered the basic principle of the projector: intermittent motion for the film with a period of rest and illumination in excess of the period of movement from frame to frame.

With origins deep in the gritty cauldron of urban amusements, motion pictures found American Motion Pictures 31 their first audiences and showmen mainly in the immigrant and working class districts of the large cities. Insofar as contemporary popular culture has become inextricably linked to modern media of communication, the birth of the movies marked a crucial cultural turning point. The motion picture's curious amalgam of technology, commercial entertainment, art, and spectacle set it off as something quite unfamiliar and threatening to the old cultural elite.

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