Until recently, the extant literature on the history of mass communication research has been notoriously sparse, celebratory, and methodologically naïve.

This chapter traces, and attempts to explain, a marked shift in that history over the past decade— from an airbrushed and unapologetically Whiggish rendering of the field’s past to a rigorous, contextualist treatment with an altogether different story to tell.

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