A History of Communications: Media and Society from the Evolution of Speech to the Internet

A History of Communications: Media and Society from the Evolution of Speech to the Internet

by Marshall T. Poe
ISBN-10:
1107004357
ISBN-13:
9781107004351
Pub. Date:
12/06/2010
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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A History of Communications: Media and Society from the Evolution of Speech to the Internet

A History of Communications advances a new theory of media that explains the origins and impact of different forms of communication - speech, writing, print, electronic devices, and the Internet - on human history in the long term. New media are "pulled" into widespread use by broad historical trends and these media, once in widespread use, "push" social institutions and beliefs in predictable directions. This view allows us to see for the first time what is truly new about the Internet, what is not, and where it is taking us.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107004351
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/06/2010
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: media causes and effects; 1. Homo loquens: humanity in the age of speech and memory; 2. Homo scriptor: humanity in the age of manuscripts; 3. Homo lector: humanity in the age of print; 4. Homo videns: humanity in the age of the audio-visual media; 5. Homo somnians: humanity in the age of Internet; Conclusion: the media and human well-being.

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