chapter  2
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The broadcast revolution

The second stage in the development of sound and image reproduction – the bringing together of the hitherto separate threads of recording and transmission – did not follow immediately after the first. The invention of various components demanded by an electronic system of communication had first to be accomplished before a quite new and revolutionary concept could be developed around 1920: broadcasting. The twin media of radio and television, heirs to the electric telegraph and the telephone as well as to cinema and the gramophone, are essentially systems which instead of mechanically mass producing replicas of the original, transmit reproductions instantly and electronically to a large number of receivers.