Reading Response #3

Choose one of the following:

1. In America Calling, Claude Fischer identifies the businessman as the Bell system’s target demographic.  Compare this relatively restricted sense of Bell’s targeted demographic to the utopianism exhibited in the early days of the radio, as discussed in class.  What factors contributed to such disparate attitudes toward wired/wireless communication?

2.  Connect Newhall’s discussion of portraiture to John Berger’s commentaries on reproduction and celebrity in Ways of Seeing.  Does Newhall’s History of Photography confirm and/or conflict with Berger’s claims about the image?

Due August 6th via email and duplicate hardcopy

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