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A History of Communications: Media and Society from the Evolution of Speech to the Internet Hardcover – Dec 6 2010
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"Based on a truly impressive range (as well as amount) of reading, arguing an original and convincing thesis, and written in a lucid and engaging style, this book deserves to reach a wide audience of students and scholars alike." - Peter Burke, University of Cambridge
"The ambition and sweep of Marshall Poe's analysis of media make it different from anything else I have read on the topic. Many modern 'consumers' of media, in all its forms, have a vague sense that technological advances are altering their sense of the world in ways they can't fully appreciate in real time. Poe's book is a big advance in helping citizens understand the opportunities and problems the new media landscape offers." - James Fallows, The Atlantic
"A History of Communications is clearly a labor of love, and Poe brings the historian's craft to bear on it." -Science, Christopher Kelty
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, allowing us to see for the first time what is truly new about the Internet, what is not, and where it is taking us.See all Product Description
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Poe analyzes each of the five media in terms of eight critical characteristics: accessibility, privacy, fidelity, volume, velocity, range, persistence, and searchability. He looks at these from the point of view of both the sender and receiver. Most importantly he analyzes effect of these characteristics on social practices and cultural values. This is a grand theory about the effects of different media, and everyone who wants to understand how media affect society will find this book both well written and quite revealing.
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