Blue Skies : A History of Cable Television

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-28
  • Publisher: Temple Univ Pr
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Blue Skiesis the first complete history of cable television, the most influential technology affecting the lives of almost every American. Patrick Parsons writes about the early days of cable and the pioneers in the last half of the twentieth century whose business skills, entrepreneurial instinct, and luck all played out to give rise to the most ubiquitous technology in the US - still outpacing computers and the internet - cable TV. Thoroughly documented and exhaustively researched, Parson's book guides the reader through the long-term and intricate interplay of economics, technological advancement, and public policy that gave rise to cable, and will stand as the standard history for years to come.

Author Biography

Patrick R. Parsons is Don Davis Professor of Ethics, College of Communications, Penn State University. He is the co-author (with Robert Frieden) of The Cable and Satellite Television Industry. He is also the author of Cable Television and the First Amendment and co-editor (with  Steve Knowlton) of The Journalist's Moral Compass.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
The Evolution of a Revolution (Origins-1930s)p. 1
Pioneering Efforts (1930s-1952)p. 37
Mom 'n' Pop Business (1951-1958)p. 77
Abel Cable Goes to Washington (1950-1960)p. 122
Cable's New Frontier (1960-1966)p. 170
The Wired Nation (1966-1972)p. 232
The Cable Fable (1972-1975)p. 297
The Phoenix (1975-1980)p. 341
Cablemania (1980-1984)p. 403
The Cable Boom (1985-1992)p. 480
The Cable Cosa Nostra (1986-1992)p. 543
500 Channels (1992-1996)p. 581
"What's Gonna Be Next?" (1997-2005)p. 636
Appendicesp. 701
Notesp. 705
Indexp. 767
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