Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

Ken Burns' Empire of the Air follows the lives of Lee de Forest, Edwin Armstrong, and David Sarnoff, three men who were responsible, respectively, for the invention, expansion, and industrialization of that mass form of communication known as radio. I was expecting something of a broader scope from this minor entry in Burns' canon, but even with the narrowed scope, the documentary is thoroughly researched, presented, and illuminating nonetheless.