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Savage Preservation: The Ethnographic Origins of Modern Media Technology

Brian Hochman

Abstract

During the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, American writers and anthropologists believed that evolutionary forces had pushed the world’s primitive races to the brink of extinction. They also believed that films, photographs, and phonograph recordings—modern media technologies then in their historical infancy—were specially suited to capture and preserve primitive life before it disappeared forever. Savage Preservation examines the surprising connections between thinking about race and thinking about media in the turn of the century period: from the photographic documentation of ... More

Keywords: media, technology, audiovisual, race, culture, preservation, evolution, historical, primitive, modern

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780816681372
Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816681372.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Hochman, author