Media,Technology and Society: A History: From the Telegraph to the Internet

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Routledge, Sep 11, 2002 - 392 páginas
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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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A STORM FROM PARADISE TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION DIFFUSION AND SUPPRESSION
1
PART I PROPAGATING SOUND AT CONSIDERABLE DISTANCES
17
PART II THE VITAL SPARK AND FUGITIVE PICTURES
65
PART III INVENTIONS FOR CASTING UP SUMS VERY PRETTY
145
PART IV THE INTRICATE WEB OF TRAILS THIS GRAND SYSTEM
241
THE PILE OF DEBRIS FROM THE BOULEVARD DES CAPUCINS TO THE LENINGRADSKY PROSPECT
337
NOTES
343
REFERENCES
351
INDEX
361
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