A short history of communication technologies [NOOK Book]

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This history of communication technology, though not well known, is one of the more significant types of history, supporting human culture as it has changed from one age to another.

In this book, you will learn how the earliest type of writing in Mesopotamia was used to record commercial transactions and property holdings. Alphabetic writing, which came along millennia later, was first developed in the Middle East and then spread through ...
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A short history of communication technologies

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Overview

This history of communication technology, though not well known, is one of the more significant types of history, supporting human culture as it has changed from one age to another.

In this book, you will learn how the earliest type of writing in Mesopotamia was used to record commercial transactions and property holdings. Alphabetic writing, which came along millennia later, was first developed in the Middle East and then spread through southwestern Asia, north Africa, and southern Europe by two trading peoples, the Phoenicians and Aramaeans. Religion played a role in determining which script would be used in which place.

Printing, first developed in east Asia, transformed west European culture after Gutenberg’s invention was perfected in 1454 A.D. A creditor took the equipment away from him.

Each invention related to recording or broadcasting of sensuous images has a story to tell. Most Americans are familiar with Thomas Edison’s role in developing the motion-picture industry. He also made important contributions to the telegraph and telephone.

Radio and television broadcasting were introduced in the 20th Century. Besides Marconi and other radio pioneers, there is the story of bitter rivalry between Lee DeForest, Edwin H. Armstrong, and David Sarnoff, that culminated in Armstrong’s spectacular suicide in 1954. Sarnoff, as an NBC executive, was also a player in the television industry. The author’s mother was present at an unveiling of this product at Rockefeller Center in 1939.

We are currently living the history of the computer industry, relying on the Internet and its web sites as could not have been imagined even a generation earlier. This industry has made so many twists and turns that predictions of its future course must be taken with a grain of salt.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013633612
  • Publisher: Thistlerose Publications
  • Publication date: 8/5/2011
  • Series: Communication technology , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 41 KB

Meet the Author

William McGaughey is author of “Five Epochs of Civilization”, a book published in 2000 which organizes world history according to communication technology. This book was reviewed in leading newspapers and other publications around the world. In 2011, McGaughey was program chair of the 50th anniversary conference of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations, held at Tulane University in New Orleans. He is also proprietor of the web site http://www.worldhistorysite.com.
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