Communication in History: Technology, Culture, Society / Edition 6

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Overview

Significant changes to the sixth edition will provide you with greater coverage of major media developments in the past to help you comprehend the full impact and influence of media in maintaining social order and promoting change.

1. Reorganization of the text. The sixth edition has been reorganized to provide greater unity within and among the eight

parts of the text.

2. Expanded coverage of major media developments in the past includes the role of printing in the rise of the modern

state, and an expanded examination of communication in our own era of proliferating media forms–television, video, digital technology, and the internet.

3. Introductions to each section provide a rationale for that particular section, an explanation of key concepts and transitions, and background material to help you to better appreciate the individual essays.

4. New authors. New authors include Lisa Gitelman, Jonathan Sterne, John Durham Peters, Henry Jenkins, and Manuel Castells.

5. Updated essay selections. New selections address the development of sound recording, the emergence of the modalities

of broadcasting, television in the new post-mass media environment and the expanding social significance of mobile communications and networks, providing you with a more all-encompassing view of communication history.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 - Media of Early Civilization


1. The Earliest Precursors of Writing, Schmandt-Besserat

2. Media in Ancient Empires, Innis

3. Civilization with Writing - The Incas and the Quipu, Ascher and Ascher

4. The Origins of Writing, Robinson


Part 2 - The Tradition of Western Literacy


5. The Greek Legacy, Havelock

6. Writing and the Alphabet Effect, Logan

7. Orality, Literacy and Modern Media, Ong

8. Communication and Faith in the Middle Ages, Burke and Ornstein


Part 3 - The Print Revolution


9. Paper and Block Printing – From China to Europe, Carter

10. The Invention of Printing, Mumford

11. Aspects of the Printing Revolution, Eisenstein

12. Early Modern Literacies, Graff

13. The Trade in News, Thompson


Part 4 - Electricity Creates the Wired World


14. Telegraphy – The Victorian Internet, Standage

15. The New Journalism, Schudson

16. The Telephone Takes Command, Fischer

17. Time, Space and the Telegraph, Carey


Part 5 - Image and Sound Technologies and the Emergence of Consumer Society


18. Dream Worlds of Consumption, Williams

19. Early Photojournalism, Keller

20. Inscribing Sound, Gitelman

21. The making of the Phonograph, Sterne

22. Early Motion Pictures, Czitrom

23. Movies Talk, Eyman

24. Mass Media and the Star System, Fowles


Part 6 - Radio Days


25. Wireless World, Kern

26. The Public Voice of Radio, Peters

27. Early Radio, Douglas

28. The Golden Age of Programming, Sterling and Kitross

29. Radio Voices, Hilmes

30. Radio in the Television Age, Fornatale and Mills


Part 7 - TV Times


31. Television Begins, Boddy

32. The New Languages, Carpenter

33. Making Room for TV, Spigel

34. Television Transforms the News, Stephens

35. Two Cultures - Television versus Print, Postman and Paglia

36. TV in the New-age, Jenkins


Part 8 - New Media and Old in the (Digital) Information Age


37. The Control Revolution, Beniger

38. How Media Became New, Manovich

39. Popularizing the Internet, Abbate

40. The World Wide Web, Bolter and Grusin

41. A Mobile Network Society, Castells, et al

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