A Social History of the Media
A Social History of the Media, 4th Edition
The first three editions of this bestselling book have established <i>A Social History of the Media</i> as a classic, providing a masterful overview of communication media and of the social and cultural contexts within which they emerged and evolved over time.

This fourth edition has been revised and updated throughout to reflect the latest developments in the field. Additionally, an expanded introduction explores the wide range of secondary literature and theory that inform the study of media history today, and a new eighth chapter surveys the revolutionary media developments of the twenty-first century, including in particular the rise of social and participatory media and the penetration of these technologies into every sphere of social and private life.

Avoiding technological determinism and rejecting assumptions of straightforward evolutionary progress, this book brings out the rich and varied histories of communication media. In an age of fast-paced media developments, a thorough understanding of media history is more important than ever, and this text will continue to be the first choice for students and scholars across the world.
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  • June 2020
  • 360 pages
  • 170 x 244 mm / 7 x 10 in
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Table of Contents
List of Illustrations

1 Introduction
2 Printing in its Contexts
3 The Media and the Public Sphere in Early Modern Europe
4 Technologies and Revolutions
5 New Processes and Patterns
6 Information, Education, Entertainment
7 Media Convergences
8 The Return of the Social

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About the Author

Asa Briggs was Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, and Chancellor of The Open University.

Peter Burke is Professor Emeritus of Cultural History at the University of Cambridge.

Espen Ytreberg is Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo.

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"I strongly recommend this book not only for use in undergraduate courses, but also for seasoned teachers and researchers. In an age when media technologies change at lightning speed, this book provides an invaluable overview."
José van Dijck, Utrecht University

"This ideal survey of the history of communication ranges across continents and cultures, from the dawn of literacy to the advent of Twitter. It illuminates connections between new, old and ancient media, and it strikingly illustrates their impact on society and human thought."
Jonathan Rose, Drew University

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