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Little Magazine, World Form$
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Eric Bulson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231179768

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231179768.001.0001

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Little wireless magazines

Little wireless magazines

(p.229) No. 6 Little wireless magazines
Little Magazine, World Form

Eric Bulson

Columbia University Press

Chapter Six examines how Guglielmo Marconi’s invention of the wireless telegraph in 1895, which eventually enabled the widespread use of radio broadcasting in the 1920s, challenged avant-garde movements like Futurism and Dada to develop new modes of print production and distribution that would allow them to communicate faster and farther. Instead of using a single magazine model to consolidate their movements, the Futurists and Dadaists relied on the wild proliferation of magazine titles in many different locations all at once (110 for the Futurists in Italy between 1910 and 1940; 175 for the Dadaists around the world between 1916 and 1926). In doing so, they made the magazine function like a wireless transmitter capable of sending and receiving information quickly, and, in the process, they established expansive communication networks that were not bound by the infrastructure of the postal system.

Keywords:   Wireless, print production and distribution, Futurism, Dada, communication networks

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