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Communication in the Age of the Telephone

The aim of the article is to bring out the lineage through which communication, seen as both the object and means of political projects during the age of telephone's heyday, was increasingly integrated into a sphere of practices wherein the thinking of it was interpreted through an instrumental emphasis, and wherein it was translated into reductionistic, "scientific" schemes. The line is traced from Lester Ward through Frederick Taylor to the technocracy movement and cybernetics, for it was in these discursive frameworks that the foundation for considering communication primarily as a logical structure was laid, and the thinking of communication became reduced into frameworks within which it appeared as a generalized scheme divorced from its fundamental historicity and finitude.