Revolutions in Communication: Media History from Gutenberg to the Digital Age, Edition 2

Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Revolutions in Communication offers a new approach to media history, presenting an encyclopedic look at the way technological change has linked social and ideological communities. Using key figures in history to benchmark the chronology of technical innovation, Kovarik's exhaustive scholarship narrates the story of revolutions in printing, electronic communication and digital information, while drawing parallels between the past and present.

Updated to reflect new research that has surfaced these past few years, Revolutions in Communication continues to provide students and teachers with the most readable history of communications, while including enough international perspective to get the most accurate sense of the field. The supplemental reading materials on the companion website include slideshows, podcasts and video demonstration plans in order to facilitate further reading. www.revolutionsincommunication.com
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Bill Kovarik is a Professor of Communication at Radford University, USA. He first learned to set "hot" type on a Linotype machine in 1970 and has observed major changes in the mass media while working with the Associated Press, Charleston Post, Baltimore Sun and other publications in the USA. He is the author of five other books about environment and mass media, including Mass Media and Environmental Conflict.
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Bloomsbury Publishing USA
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Published on
Nov 19, 2015
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Pages
400
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ISBN
9781628924794
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Social History
Language Arts & Disciplines / Communication Studies
Social Science / Media Studies
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