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.
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.
Preface to the 2nd Edition
Introduction to Revolutions in Communication
Section I - The Printing Revolution: An Introduction
Chapter 1: The Printing Revolution: 1455 to 1814
Chapter 2: The Commercial and Industrial Media Revolution: 1814 to 1900
Chapter 3: Print Media in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Section II - The Visual Revolution
Chapter 4: Photography: Giving Vision to History
Chapter 5: Motion Pictures, Dream Factories and Popcorn Palaces
Chapter 6: Advertising, Public Relations and the Crafted Image
Section III - Electronic Revolution: From 'National Neighborhoods' to the Global Village
Chapter 7: The First Electronic Revolution: Telegraph and Telephone
Chapter 8: Radio: The Electronic Hearth
Chapter 9: Television: A New Window on the World
Section IV - The Digital Revolution: Traditional Media and the Curves in the Road
Chapter 10: The Advent of Computers
Chapter 11: Networks
Chapter 12: Global Digital Media Culture