Newsletter of the Mercurians, in the Society for the History of Technology

Volume 10 No. 2, May 1998

Mercurial Matters

Communication Technologies

A. Butrica Wins Prize

Antennas, More Generally

SHOT's 1998 Meeting

History of Cryptography

Echoes and Reflections

E. Wachtel accepts invitation to Antenna Board

Symposium on Telephone History



An Overview of Communication Analysis

Dead Media Project Expands

Essay: The Smirk of Progress

Book Review
Stage To Studio

New Media and Society

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Edward Wachtel Accepts Invitation to Antenna Board

The editors of Antenna are pleased to announce that Edward Wachtel has accepted an invitation to serve on the newsletter's Associate Board. Wachtel first participated in Mercurian activities when he delivered a well-received paper in one of the group's earliest sponsored SHOT sessions. We look forward to working with him.

Wachtel is the Director of the Edward A. Walsh Digital Media Laboratory and Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University. His research focuses on media, art, and culture. His articles have been widely published in professional journals and books devoted to media studies, the philosophy of technology and art and culture.

Currently, Wachtel is putting the finishing touches on his book, From Cave Walls to Computer Screens: The Interplay of Art Technology and Perception. In it, Wachtel examines how different cultures have conceptualized space and time and how these conceptions have become visible in paintings and drawings. He identifies technologies which have influenced the development of a cultural space conception or vision of order. Ranging from post and cross-beam architecture to the computer, he explains how each invention changed the visual and tactile environments in which humans develop our sense of order and our conceptions of space/time. From Cave Walls to Computer Screens will be published later this year by Hampton Press. Wachtel is also co-editing (with Lance Strate) the proceedings from the symposium The Legacy of Marshall McLuhan, which was held at Fordham University in March.