"With all the breathless predictions today about how the Internet will democratize communication and flatten hierarchies among Americans, to bring about a new republic in cyberspace, we should remember that radio—at least as it was envisioned around 1924—was going to provide culture and education to the masses, eliminate politicians’ ability to incite passions in a mob, bring people closer to government proceedings, and produce a national culture that would transcend regional and local jealousies."
Susan Douglas, Listening In, p. 20
(It’s Meta-Monday! Instead of utopian predictions, some Mondays we post commentary from historians and media scholars on technological utopianism. Enjoy!)