Now in its 7th edition, Communication in History reveals how media has been influential in both maintaining social order and as powerful agents of change. Thirty-eight 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.

part One|40 pages

The Media of Early Civilization

part Two|31 pages

The Tradition of Western Literacy

chapter five|7 pages

The Greek Legacy

chapter six|7 pages

Writing and the Alphabet Effect

chapter seven|6 pages

Writing Restructures Consciousness

part Three|35 pages

The Print Revolution

chapter ten|5 pages

The Invention of Printing

chapter eleven|10 pages

Early Modern Literacies

chapter twelve|7 pages

Sensationalism and News

part Four|40 pages

Electricity Creates the Wired World

chapter thirteen|7 pages

Time, Space, and the Telegraph

chapter fourteen|8 pages

The New Journalism

chapter fifteen|8 pages

The Telephone Takes Command

chapter sixteen|8 pages

Dream Worlds of Consumption

chapter seventeen|4 pages

Wireless World

part Five|43 pages

Image and Sound

chapter eighteen|9 pages

Early Photojournalism

chapter nineteen|5 pages

Inscribing Sound

chapter twenty|5 pages

The Making of the Phonograph

chapter twenty-one|9 pages

Early Motion Pictures

chapter twenty-two|7 pages

Movies Talk

part Six|45 pages

Radio Days

chapter twenty-three|5 pages

The Public Voice of Radio

chapter twenty-four|8 pages

Early Radio

chapter twenty-five|7 pages

The Golden Age of Programming

chapter twenty-six|6 pages

Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds Broadcast

chapter twenty-seven|8 pages

Radio Voices

chapter twenty-eight|5 pages

Radio in the Television Age

part Seven|49 pages

TV Times

chapter twenty-nine|11 pages

Television Begins

chapter thirty|7 pages

The New Languages

chapter thirty-one|9 pages

Making Room for TV

chapter thirty-two|10 pages

From Turmoil to Tranquility

chapter thirty-three|5 pages

Boob Tubes, Fans, and Addicts

part Eight|34 pages

New Media and Old in the Digital Age

chapter thirty-four|4 pages

How Media Became New

chapter thirty-five|6 pages

Popularizing the Internet

chapter thirty-six|8 pages

The World Wide Web

chapter thirty-seven|5 pages

A Cultural History of Web 2.0

chapter thirty-eight|6 pages

Social Media Retweets History