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Major Events in the History of Mass Communications

1990s Rise of talk radio

1990s Rise of independent film

1991 Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee invents the World Wide Web

1991 Web expands online news and information

1993 Marc Andreessen creates predecessor to Netscape browser

1994 Direct Broadcast Satellite service is launched

1995 Microsoft Internet Explorer is launched

1995 Amazon.com launches online shopping

1997 William Jefferson Clinton’s Inauguration is live on the Internet

1997 DVDs replace VHS format

1997 Titanic records global box office sales of $1.8 billion

1997 First news blogs are introduced

1997 Diana, Princess of Wales, uses the paparazzi to spotlight worthy causes around the world

1998 J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is translated into many languages, sells to a

world-wide mass market, and launches a continuous series of blockbuster movies

Source: Major Events in the History of Mass Communications

Federal Communications Commission

The formal charge of Congress to the FCC can be summed up in less than 30 words – ensure that the American people have available, at reasonable costs and without discrimination, rapid, efficient, Nation- and world-wide communication services; whether by radio, television, wire, satellite, or cable – the day-to-day reality may be that there is no more ubiquitous presence in the lives of most Americans than the FCC-regulated communications industries. Source: FCC.

 

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