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The ServerA Media History from the Present to the Baroque$
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Markus Krajewski

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300180817

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300180817.001.0001

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Channel Service

Channel Service

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(p.214) Chapter 5 Channel Service
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The Server
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Markus Krajewski

, Ilinca Iurascu
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300180817.003.0005

This chapter turns to the servants of (tele)communication networks, particularly to their relation to the channel of information transmission. The central focus here is the transformation of the conditions of communication and the replacement of the classic server with technical media, in the introduction of electricity, the telegraph, and the telephone in the nineteenth century. With the aid of yet another scientific subaltern, namely Carl Friedrich Gauss' institute assistant, the chapter evokes a key moment in the development of modern telecommunications, an event that takes place in Göttingen in 1833. The question framing the discussion is how the same event can lend itself to different views according to the various media theoretical approaches employed.

Keywords:   servants, communiction works, information transmission, classic server, technical media, Carl Friedrich Gauss, electricity, telegraph, telephone

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