Armand Mattelart argues that communication encompasses the myriad circuits emerging from the circulation of goods, messages, and people. Central to this definition are notions of connection, distance, and mobility. Using this idea of communication as a starting point, explain the ways in which the production and sale of fresh meat in late 19th century America, and the production for export of various consumer items in China embody processes of circulation, connection, and mobility across distance. Is it possible to speak of these two examples as “communication revolutions? In what ways do these two cases represent technological and institutional changes? In your essay, you can choose one of the two examples, or you can compare the two. Ideally, your essay should have a clear thesis or argument. You can draw from readings, lectures, and the film.
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