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

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780415142304
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/29/1998
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Storm from Paradise: Technological Innovation, Diffusion and Suppression; Part One: Propagating Sound at Considerable Distance; 1. The Telegraph: The First Electrical Medium; 2. Before the Speaking Telephone; 3. The Capture of Sound; Part Two: The Vital Spark

& Fugitive Pictures; 4. Wireless and Radio; 5. Mechanically Scanned Television; 6. Electronically Scanned Television 7. Television Spin-offs and Redundancies; Part Three: Device For Casting Up Sums Very Pretty; 8. Mechanising Calculation; 9. The First Computers; 10.

Suppressing The Mainframes; 11. The Integrated Circuit; 12. The Coming of the Microcomputer; Part Four: The Intricate Web of Trails; 13. The Beginnings of Networks; 14. Networks & Recording Technologies; 15. Communications Satellites; 16. The Satellite Era; 17. Cable

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. Winston's monograph asks difficult questions: How are new media born? How do they

change? Moreover, how do they change us? He concludes that the information Revolution is not revolutionary. Current technologies are merely elaborating a process of change begun much earlier, and historical study of these alterations offers many insights into the potential effects of

today's latest developments (American Association for History and Computing Prize for the Best Book of 1998)

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