As new communications applications are developed and brought to market, it is vital for communications professionals to keep abreast of these issues. Since the technologies and applications also affect our daily lives, it is important to understand how they will shape the country and, by extension, the world at large. International censorship, the impact of the Internet and wireless tools, and th legisation following the World Trade Center bombing all fall into this category.
The New Communications Technologies, Fifth Edition, provides vital information on the new and emerging technologies that will shape the way communicators do business. The book explores the new communications technologies and covers topics ranging from multimedia and production to satellites to digital communication. Just as important, the book examines the social, economic, and political impact brought about by the adoption of such technologies and applications; this fallout includes privacy concerns, First Amendment issues, and the implications raised by biometric systems.
Table of Contents
I. Foundation - Communication in the Modern Age; Technical Foundations of Modern Communication; Computer Technology Primer; Computer Technology: Legal Issues, Y2K, and Artificial Intelligence; II. Information Transmission - The Magic Light: Fiber-Optic Systems; Satellites: Operations and Applications; Satellites: New Developments, Launch Vehicles, and Space Law; Wireless Technology and Mobile Communication; III. Information Storage - Information Storage: The Optical Disk and Holography; IV. Production Technologies - Desktop Publishing; Desktop Video and Multimedia Productions; The Production Environment: Personal Computers, Digital Technology, and Audio-Visual Systems; Digital Television and Digital Audio Broadcasting; The Production Environment: Colorization and Other Technology Issues; V. Information, Entertainment, & Communications Services - The Cable and Telephone Industries and Your Home; Teleconferencing and Computer Conferencing; Information Services: The Internet and the World Wide Web; VI. The Law - E-Mail and Privacy; First Amendment and Online Obscenity; Other First Amendment Issues: Libel, Hate Speech, Cyberstalking, and Copyright; New Technologies: Wiretapping, Privacy, and Related First Amendment Issues
Michael Mirabito is a Professor and supervises the Distance Education and other academic information units at Marywood University in Pennsylvania. He is also a consultant specializing in the new communications technologies, and has written a book about video cameras on NASA's space probes.
Barbara Morgenstern is a Professor at the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in New York and specializes in teaching media law. She is also involved in curriculum development, particularly as it pertains to communications law.
"Although the book is directed toward technology courses...it makes for interesting, thought-provoking reading." - Monitoring Times
"The New Communications Technologies does provide a wealth of information...concepts are easy to grasp, whilst discussions such as those on spectrum scarcity and our shift to digital technologies are enlightening." - Journal of Learning, Media & Technology