Media Technology and Society: A History From the Printing Press to the Superhighway / Edition 1

Media Technology and Society: A History From the Printing Press to the Superhighway / Edition 1

by Brian Winston
     
 

ISBN-10: 041514230X

ISBN-13: 9780415142304

Pub. Date: 05/29/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Challenging the popular myth of a present-day 'information revolution', Media Technology and Society is essential reading for anyone interested in the social impact of technological change. Winston argues that the development of new media forms, from the telegraph and the telephone to computers, satellite and virtual reality, is the product of a constant

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Challenging the popular myth of a present-day 'information revolution', Media Technology and Society is essential reading for anyone interested in the social impact of technological change. Winston argues that the development of new media forms, from the telegraph and the telephone to computers, satellite and virtual reality, is the product of a constant play-off between social necessity and suppression: the unwritten law by which new technologies are introduced into society only insofar as their disruptive potential is limited.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415142304
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
05/29/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
392
Sales rank:
905,097
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: A storm from paradise - technological innovation, diffusion and suppression1
Pt. IPropagating sound at considerable distances
1The telegraph19
2Before the speaking telephone30
3The capture of sound51
Pt. IIThe vital spark and fugitive pictures
4Wireless and radio67
5Mechanically scanned television88
6Electronically scanned television100
7Television spin-offs and redundancies126
Pt. IIIInventions for casting up sums very pretty
8Mechanising calculation147
9The first computers166
10Suppressing the main frames189
11The integrated circuit206
12The coming of the microcomputer227
Pt. IVThe intricate web of trails, this grand system
13The beginnings of networks243
14Networks and recording technologies261
15Communications satellites276
16The satellite era295
17Cable television305
18The Internet321
Conclusion: The pile of debris - from the Boulevard des Capucins to the Leningradsky Prospect337
Notes343
References351
Index361

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