Communication history in Canada


    • Robinson, Daniel J


Communication history in Canada

edited by Daniel J. Robinson

Oxford University Press, 2004

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Includes bibliographical references and index



A distinctive blend of history, geography, government, economics, and biculturalism meant that communication systems and the mass media evolved differently in Canada than in either the United States or Europe. Bringing together twenty-six articles that range in subject from colonial newspapers in the early 1800s to music television in the 1980s, Communication History in Canada provides the historical foundation for a thorough contextual analysis of modern-day media and communication in this country. From Marshall McLuhan and Harold Innis to Mary Vipond and Will Straw, the authors in this volume represent a wide cross-section of disciplines, including history, communication studies, sociology, journalism, political science, and film studies. Their essays are grouped in five sections: Time, Space, Technology, and Nation, which explores the relationship between media, society, and human thought; Postal Systems and Telecommunications, which centres on the telegraph, the telephone, and computers; Print Mass Media, which describes the origins and diffusion of newspapers and magazines, with a particular emphasis on commercialization through advertising and market research; Broadcast Media, which charts the rise of radio broadcasting in the inter-war years and of television broadcasting from the 1950s through the 1980s; and Cultural Industries, which examines film and sound recording.


  • Preface
  • Section I: Time, Space, Technology, and Nation
  • Interpreting Aboriginal Cultures
  • From Empire and Communications
  • Thinking about Technology
  • From Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man
  • Technological Nationalism
  • Section II: Postal Systems and Telecommunications
  • Lowering 'The Walls of Oblivion': The Revolution in Postal Communications in Central Canada, 1851-1911
  • Back to the Future: Telecommunications, Online Information Services, and Convergence from 1840 to 1910
  • Communication and Social Forms: The Development of the Telephone, 1876-1920
  • Prophets Without Honour? Canadian Policy Makers and the First Information Highway, 1969-1975
  • Section III: Print Mass Media
  • 'The Most Powerful Engine of the of the Human Mind': The Press and Its Readers
  • Public Myth and Private Reality
  • Newspapers, Advertising, and the Rise of the Agency, 1850-1900
  • Polling Consumers: The Rise of Market Research Surveys in Canada, 1929-1941
  • 'I told you so': Newspaper Ownership in Canada and the Kent Commission Twenty Years Later
  • The Special Role of Magazines in the History of Canadian Mass Media and National Development
  • 'Mrs Chatelaine' vs 'Mrs Slob': Contestants, Correspondents, and the Chatelaine Community in Action, 1961-1969
  • Section IV: Broadcast Media
  • 'Who is to Pay for Broadcasting?'
  • Graham Spry and the Future of Public Broadcasting
  • Constructing Community and Consumers: Joseph R. Smallwood's Barrelman Radio Program
  • Public-Service Broadcasting as a Modern Project: A Case Study of Early Public-Affairs Television in Canada
  • 'And Now a Word from Our Sponsor'
  • Rock the Nation: MuchMusic, Cultural Policy, and the Development of English-Canadian Music Video Programming, 1979-1984
  • Section V Cultural Industries: Film and Sound Recording
  • John Grierson and the National Film Board: The Politics of Wartime Propaganda
  • A 'Featureless' Film Policy: Culture and the Canadian State
  • The English-Canadian Recording Industry since 1970
  • 'Dream, Comfort, Memory, Despair': Canadian Popular Musicians and the Dilemma of Nationalism, 1968-1972
  • Appendix: Government Documents
  • Report of the Royal Commission on Radio Broadcasting
  • From Report of the Royal Commission on National Development in Arts, Letters, and Sciences
  • The Marriage of Computers and Communications
  • Contributors
  • Index

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