Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Bazerman, Charles.

Title The languages of Edison's light / Charles Bazerman
Published Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, [1999]
Online access available from:
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  


Description 1 online resource (416 pages) : illustrations
Series Inside technology
Inside technology.
Contents 1. Edison's front-page story -- 2. The public stage of news -- 3. Finances for technological enterprises -- 4. Menlo Park : the place of invention -- 5. Patents as speech acts and legal objects -- 6. Professional presence : edison in the technical press -- 7. A place in the market -- 8. Boasts, deceptions, and promises -- 9. The Menlo Park demonstrations -- 10. Fairs and exhibitions : museums of the future -- 11. Lighting new york : urban politics and pedestrian appearances -- 12. Patent realities : legal stabilization of indeterminate texts -- 13. Charisma and communication in edison's organizations -- 14. The rhetoric of capital investment : solvency, profits, and dividends -- 15. The language of flowers : domesticating electric light
Summary "Charles Bazerman tells the story of the emergence of electric light as a story of symbols and communication. He examines how Edison and his colleagues represented light and power to themselves and to others as the technology was transformed from an idea to a daily fact of life. He looks at the rhetoric used to create meaning and value for the emergent technology in the laboratory, in patent offices and courts, in financial markets, in boardrooms, in city halls, in newspapers, and in the consumer market-place. Along the way he describes the social and communicative arrangements that shaped and transformed the world in which Edison acted. He portrays Edison, both the individual and the corporation, as a self-conscious social actor whose rhetorical groundwork was crucial to the technology's material realization and success."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Electric lighting -- History.
English language -- Rhetoric.
Technology -- Social aspects.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 026202456X
0585019150 (electronic bk.)
9780585019154 (electronic bk.)
(hc. ; alk. paper)
(hc. ; alk. paper)