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Broadcasting Modernism$
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Debra Rae Cohen, Michael Coyle, and Jane Lewty

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780813033495

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813033495.001.0001

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Inventing the Radio Cosmopolitan

Inventing the Radio Cosmopolitan

Vernacular Modernism at a Standstill

(p.10) (p.11) Chapter 1 Inventing the Radio Cosmopolitan
Broadcasting Modernism

Aaron Jaffe

University Press of Florida

Guglielmo Marconi and Nikola Tesla were engaged in an archly Modernist struggle of hyperbolic self-definition against other inventors, patent-holders, and, ultimately, each another, a struggle for prestige and patent rights that helped institute the incipient promotional rhetoric of radio as a paradigm of modern self-hood in an age of increasing technological and economic displacements. Answering the question of who invented radio is like answering who invented Modernism. Radio and Modernism are, in other words, beyond the prerogatives of author-inventors. Instead, names like Marconi and Conrad, Tesla and Eliot signify emergent medial practices, to put a somewhat different spin on Foucault's formula about the founders of discursivity, applied technologists at work upon a scene of media transience. This chapter examines Marconi, the human beat box; MC Tesla; and DJ Konrad Korzeniowski.

Keywords:   Guglielmo Marconi, Nikola Tesla, T.S. Eliot, radio culture, Konrad Korzeniowski

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