Radio: Essays in Bad Reception
by John Mowitt
"Intelligent, poignant, and engaging, "Radio" offers readings of a remediated form of radio--Mowitt's subject matter is not really radio as a medium ... Show synopsis "Intelligent, poignant, and engaging, "Radio" offers readings of a remediated form of radio--Mowitt's subject matter is not really radio as a medium or the history of that medium, but rather the impact the wireless dissemination of voice across radio networks had on modern conceptions of community. This presupposes a view of radio that goes beyond narrow historical facticity and also avoids the sometimes narrowly sociological readings offered by media studies in the US. A welcome addition to the field of radio studies." -- Sven Spieker, author of "The Big Archive: Art from Bureaucracy " "John Mowitt's "Radio: Essays in Bad Reception" is an innovative study of transnational, historical dimensions of broadcast culture. Broad and deep in encompassing a century of cultural theory, the book contributes to a new understanding of radio by treating it in an original and stimulating manner for a wider audience of scholars and students in cultural studies, media studies, communication, and the history of technology. Mowitt tunes into the polyphonous lineage of radio transmissions, and the programs received go far beyond commonplaces of a mass medium of seduction and manipulation." --Peter Krapp, author of "Noise Channels: Glitch and Error in Digital Culture"