Friday, August 13, 2004

If they knew what we were thinking ...


Bruce Blevin noted in 1924 that most political orators,

if aware of "the ribald comments addressed to the

stoical loud-speaker" of the home receiver,

would seek other jobs. "The comments of

the family range from Bill's,
'Is that so?'

down to Howard's irreverent 'Aw, shut your face

you poor hunk of cheese
.' "




HERBERT HOOVER: "We need a method

by which a speaker over the radio may

sense the feelings of his audience.


A speaker before a public audience

knows what hisses and applause mean;

he cuts his speech short or adjusts himself to it."

SOURCE: JOHN DURHAM PETERS
SPEAKING INTO THE AIR
A History Of The Idea Of Communication