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Author Winston, Brian.

Title Media technology and society : a history : from the telegraph to the Internet / Brian Winston.

Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1998.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  302.23 WINS    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 374 pages ; 25 cm
Notes Rev. ed. of: Misunderstanding media. 1986.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 343-360) and index.
Contents Introduction: A storm from paradise - technological innovation, diffusion and suppression -- Pt. I. Propagating sound at considerable distances. 1. The telegraph. 2. Before the speaking telephone. 3. The capture of sound -- Pt. II. The vital spark and fugitive pictures. 4. Wireless and radio. 5. Mechanically scanned television. 6. Electronically scanned television. 7. Television spin-offs and redundancies -- Pt. III. Inventions for casting up sums very pretty. 8. Mechanising calculation. 9. The first computers. 10. Suppressing the main frames. 11. The integrated circuit. 12. The coming of the microcomputer -- Pt. IV. The intricate web of trails, this grand system. 13. The beginnings of networks. 14. Networks and recording technologies. 15. Communications satellites. 16. The satellite era. 17. Cable television. 18. The Internet -- Conclusion: The pile of debris - from the Boulevard des Capucins to the Leningradsky Prospect.
Summary Media Technology and Society offers a comprehensive account of the history of communications technologies, from the telegraph to the Internet.
Winston argues that the development of new media, from the telephone to computers, satellite, camcorders and CD-ROM, is the product of a constant play-off between social necessity and suppression: the unwritten 'law' by which new technologies are introduced into society.
Winston's fascinating account challenges the concept of a 'revolution' in communications technology by highlighting the long histories of such developments. The fax was introduced in 1847. The idea of television was patented in 1884. Digitalisation was demonstrated in 1938. Even the concept of the 'web' dates back to 1945. Winston examines why some prototypes are abandoned, why many 'inventions' are created simultaneously by innovators unaware of each other's existence, and shows how new industries develop around these inventions, providing media products for a mass audience.
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.
Other author Winston, Brian. Misunderstanding media.
Subject Mass media -- Technological innovations -- History.
Communication -- Technological innovations -- History.
Communication -- Social aspects.
Mass media -- Social aspects.
ISBN 0415142296 (alk. paper)
041514230X (paperback: alk. paper)