chapter  1
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Rival narratives of media history

In the nineteenth century, pioneer historians of the press laid the foundations of modern media research. They were the first people to take seriously, and study in depth, the organization, content and influence of the emergent media system in Britain.1 Yet, despite this auspicious beginning, media history has since become marginalized. It is now the neglected grandparent of media studies: isolated, ignored, rarely visited by her offspring.