The book opens with an account of Frank Butler’s journey to Guantánamo, Cuba to build the region’s first wireless station. This introductory chapter frames the advent of both cables and wireless communication technologies through their encounters and difficulties with nature, and uses these anecdotes to situate the book’s analysis within histories of technology and of empire. It places the research as engaged with the work of scholars of radio and colonialism, language and politics and the creation of listening publics, including Frantz Fanon, Kamau Brathwaite, Michael Warner and Kate Lacey.
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