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Our tragedy today is a general and a universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it.
A common truism of the current day is that technology is accelerating at unprecedented speeds. While many refinements and extensions of communication technology into the personal world are indeed occurring with great rapidity, the truism overlooks the more important observation that the greatest changes in communications took place in the nineteenth century, not the twentieth or twentyfirst. In that earlier century and for the first time in human history, the message was commonly separated from a messenger, becoming electronic. The speed of a rider on horseback was superseded. The manufacture of books and papers became inexpensive enough to finally permeate the great masses of people in the industrializing world. Most of the basic forms of narrative, the semiotic conventions of images, and the large social relations formed between mass society and mass media appeared over 100 years ago. Yet, despite their origins in earlier times, the contemporary inflections of P18
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