8th Edition

Communication in History Stone Age Symbols to Social Media

Edited By Peter Urquhart, Paul Heyer Copyright 2024
    300 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    300 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This updated eighth edition provides a thorough and engaging history of communication and media through a collection of essential, field-defining essays.

    The collection reveals how media has been influential in both maintaining social order and enabling social change. Contributions from a wide range of voices offer instructors the opportunity to customize their courses while challenging students to build upon their own knowledge and skill sets. From stone age symbols and early writing to the internet and social media, readers are introduced to an expansive, intellectually enlivening study of the relationship between human history and communication media. New case studies explore the Black Press, the impact of photography on journalism, gender and civil rights discourses in the media, and the effects of algorithmic data on modern social media platforms.

    This book can be used as a core text or supplemental reader for courses in communication history, communication theory, and introductory courses in communication and media studies.


    Part One: The Media of Early Civilization

    1. The Earliest Precursor of Writing

    Denise Schmandt-Besserat

    2. Media in Ancient Empires

    Harold Innis

    3. Civilization Without Writing—The Incas and the Quipu

    Marcia Ascher and Robert Ascher

    4. The Origins of Writing

    Andrew Robinson

    Part Two: The Tradition of Western Literacy

    5. The Greek Legacy

    Eric Havelock

    6. Writing and the Alphabet Effect

    Robert K. Logan

    7. Writing Restructures Consciousness

    Walter Ong

    Part Three: The Print Revolution

    8. Paper and Block Printing—From China to Europe

    Thomas F. Carter

    9. The Invention of Printing

    Lewis Mumford

    10. Early Modern Literacies

    Harvey J. Graff

    11. Sensationalism and News

    Mitchell Stephens

    Part Four: Electricity Creates the Wired World

    12. Time, Space, and the Telegraph

    James W. Carey

    13. Anti-Lynching Imagery as Visual Protest in in the 1890s Black Press

    Amanda Friskin

    14. The Telephone Takes Command

    Claude S. Fischer

    15. Dream Worlds of Consumption

    Rosalynd Williams

    16. Wireless World

    Stephen Kern

    Part Five: Image and Sound

    17. Visual Reportage I

    Thierry Gervais

    18. Visual Reportage II

    Richard Meyer

    19. Inscribing Sound

    Lisa Gitelman

    20. The Making of the Phonograph

    Jonathan Sterne

    21. Early Motion Pictures

    Daniel Czitrom

    Chapter 22 “Talkies” and Stardom

    Michael Slowick

    Part Six: Broadcasting

    23. Early Radio

    Susan J. Douglas

    24. The Golden Age of Programming

    Christopher Sterling and John M. Kittross

    25. Race on Radio

    Barbara Savage

    26. Television Begins

    William Boddy

    27. Making Room for TV

    Lynn Spigel

    28. From Turmoil to Tranquility

    Gary Edgerton

    Part Seven: New Media and Old in the Digital Age

    29. How Media Became New

    Lev Manovich

    30. Popularizing the Internet

    Janet Abbate

    31. The World Wide Web

    Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin

    32. A Cultural History of Web 2.0

    Alice E. Marwick

    33. Social Media Retweets History

    Tom Standage

    34. How Algorithms Rule Online

    Eiri Elvestad and Angela Phillips

    Discussion Questions

    Suggested Readings




    Peter Urquhart is Associate Professor in the Communication Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.

    Paul Heyer was Professor Emeritus in the Communication Studies Department at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada.