How should global communications networks be coordinated? This question has challenged public figures from the eighteenth century to the present. In this illustrated lecture, Professor John explores the cultural and ideological norms that have shaped global communications—mail, cable, telecommunications, broadcasting, and the Internet. Special attention will be given to the evolution of distinctive political-economic regimes, the shifting international role of the United States, and the evolving relationship of governments, corporations, and international organizations.
Presented by Richard R. John, professor of history and communication at Columbia University.