History, Communication, And Canada Essay

1624 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
Citizens and Nation: An Essay on History, Communication, and Canada studies four historical epochs through the stories of ordinary Canadian citizens (Friesen). Print capitalism, the third epoch, occurred during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and was the time of several technological innovations – the telegraph, railway, the daily newspaper, sound recordings, the photograph, radio, and film (Friesen 108). The print capitalism era, told through the stories and experience of Phyllis Knight and Elizabeth Goudie, explores the shaping and understanding of time and space for the average Canadian worker in a world of new technology and communication. Following the print capitalist era, Citizen and Nation defines the screen capitalist generation. Screen capitalism refers to the contemporary age where a distinct context of communication arose and became prevalent – new technologies during this period were computers, satellite, television, and cable. The screen capitalist epoch is told through the stories of Roseanne and Frank, two members of the lower middle-class. In their stories, Roseanne and Frank exemplify the response to the new context of communication taking place in society through their actions in their home lives, values, insecurities, and others. Throughout the whole book, Citizen and Nation, explores how shifts in the perceptions of time and space changed with innovations in the dominant means of communication (Friesen). This paper will apply Innis’s work of time…

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