A Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet / Edition 2

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"In this new and revised edition, Asa Briggs and Peter Burke have updated their classic study to cover the media developments of the early twenty-first century. In addition to the historical material exploring the continuing importance of oral and manuscript communication, the rise of print and the relationship between physical transportation and social communication, a new chapter on multimedia extends the far-reaching scope of this book. New media technologies are treated in depth throughout the latter sections and the book concludes with an account of the convergences associated with digital communication technology, the rise of the Internet and the phenomenon of globalization." Avoiding technological determinism and rejecting assumptions of straightforward evolutionary progress, this book brings out the rich and varied histories of communication media. It will be an ideal text for students in history, media and cultural studies and journalism, but it will also appeal to a wide general readership. It has already been translated into more than ten languages.
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'Media history may be the single most important chapter of human history. If we want to understand wars, revolutions, religions, and intellectual movements, then we must ultimately confront the question "Who communicated what to whom — and how?" For both students and specialists, Briggs and Burke have produced the most comprehensive and concise synthesis of what we know about this subject.'
Jonathan Rose, Drew University

'A Social History of the Media is the best synthetic overview of media history available, and is deservedly becoming the standard introduction to its topic. Far more than any competing textbook, this book thoroughly integrates the development of the mass media into the wider fabric of social, cultural, economic, and political history.'
Mark Hampton, Lingnan University and co-editor of Media History

'A richly informative account of developments from Gutenberg to Google by two of Britain's leading social and cultural historians. Highly recommended as a source book for all students of media.'
Paddy Scannell, University of Michigan

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745635125
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Asa Briggs, formerly Provost of Worcester College, Oxford and Chancellor of the Open University

Peter Burke, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History of Cambridge University

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The print revolution in context 13
3 The media and the public sphere in early modern Europe 61
4 From steam to electricity 88
5 Processes and patterns 100
6 Information, education, entertainment 151
7 Convergence 216
8 Multimedia 254
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