And now for an academic entry.
Another one-off piece has appeared: “Transportation and Communication: Together as You’ve Always Wanted Them,” in Thinking With James Carey: Essays on Communications, Transportation, History, eds. Jeremy Packer and Craig Robertson, 117-35. New York: Peter Lang, 2006. I haven’t done a run-through for typos but I will say that the layout is beautifully done and the book as a whole looks great. So nice job, Peter Lang. Especially interesting is a 2-part interview of Carey by Larry Grossberg, which has Carey laying some interesting things out in public for the first time — his relationship with other faculty at the Institute of Communications Research (hint — he has unkind things to say about Herb Schiller), the emergence of “cultural studies” as a term and concept in the 60s US, long before it was known in humanities departments, and his reading of McLuhan’s Understanding Media while it was still a report to the Department of Education, to name three. I would say it’s a “must read” for people interested in the intellectual history of Communication Studies in North America.
Today and tomorrow, I have the pleasure of hosting Fred Turner, who’s here to give a lecture to a combined HPS and AHCS audience. His new book on the roots of the digerati in the Whole Earth Catalog, is forthcoming from U of Chicago Press.