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1st Edition

A History of Communication Technology

ISBN 9780367211509
Published April 12, 2021 by Routledge
310 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

This book is a comprehensive illustrated account of the technologies and inventions in mass communication that have accelerated the advancement of human culture and society.


A History of Communication Technology covers a timeline in the history of mass communication that begins with human prehistory and extends all the way to the current digital age. Using rich, full-color graphics and diagrams, the book details the workings of various mass communication inventions, from paper-making, printing presses, photography, radio, TV, film, and video, to computers, digital devices, and the Internet. Readers are given insightful narratives on the social impact of these technologies, brief historical accounts of the inventors, and sidebars on the related technologies that enabled these inventions.


This book is ideal for students in introductory mass communication, visual communication, and history of media courses, offering a highly approachable, graphic-oriented approach to the history of communication technologies.

Additional digital resources for the book are available at https://comtechhistory.site/ 

Table of Contents



1. Prehistory to Early History

2. Writing

3. Paper

4. Printing

5. The Industrial Revolution and the Modern Era 

6. Industrial Printing 

7. Photography and Film 

8. Electronic Communication 

9. The Digital Age 

10. Conclusion

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Philip A. Loubere is an associate professor of Visual Communication at Middle Tennessee State University, USA. He has an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the faculty at MTSU he worked for eighteen years in a professional capacity in information graphics and publication design, twelve of those years for three major metro newspapers, The Seattle Times, the San Jose Mercury News, and The Orange County Register.