Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet / Edition 3

Social History of the Media: From Gutenberg to the Internet / Edition 3

by Asa Briggs, Peter Burke
     
 

Written by two leading social and cultural historians, the first two editions of A Social History of the Media became classic textbooks, providing a masterful overview of communication media and of the social and cultural contexts within which they emerged and evolved over time.

This third edition has been thoroughly revised to bring the text up to date

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Overview

Written by two leading social and cultural historians, the first two editions of A Social History of the Media became classic textbooks, providing a masterful overview of communication media and of the social and cultural contexts within which they emerged and evolved over time.

This third edition has been thoroughly revised to bring the text up to date with the very latest developments in the field. Increased space is given to the exciting media developments of the early 21st Century, including in particular the rise of social and participatory media and the globalization of media. Additionally, new and important research is incorporated into the classic material exploring the continuing importance of oral and manuscript communication, the rise of print and the relationship between physical transportation and social communication.

Avoiding technological determinism and rejecting assumptions of straightforward evolutionary progress, this book brings out the rich and varied histories of communication media. In an age of fast-paced media developments, a thorough understanding of media history is more important than ever, and this text will continue to be the first choice for students and scholars across the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745644950
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/07/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Preface viii

1 Introduction 1

2 Printing in its Contexts 13

3 The Media and the Public Sphere in Early Modern Europe 61

4 Technologies and Revolutions 91

5 New Processes and Patterns 121

6 Information, Education, Entertainment 179

7 Media Convergences 237

8 In and Out of Cyberspace 275

Chronology 303

Further Reading 315

Index 331

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