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 Part One|40 pages

The Media of Early Civilization

chapter one|10 pages

The Earliest Precursor of Writing

ByDenise Schmandt-Besserat

chapter two|9 pages

Media in Ancient Empires

ByHarold Innis

chapter three|7 pages

Civilization Without Writing—The Incas and the Quipu

ByMarcia Ascher, Robert Ascher

chapter four|8 pages

The Origins of Writing

ByAndrew Robinson

part Part Two|31 pages

The Tradition of Western Literacy

chapter five|7 pages

The Greek Legacy

ByEric Havelock

chapter six|7 pages

Writing and the Alphabet Effect

ByRobert K. Logan

chapter seven|6 pages

Writing Restructures Consciousness

ByWalter Ong

chapter eight|7 pages

Communication and Faith in the Middle Ages

ByJames Burke, Robert Ornstein

part Part Three|35 pages

The Print Revolution

chapter nine|8 pages

Paper and Block Printing—From China to Europe

ByThomas F. Carter

chapter ten|5 pages

The Invention of Printing

ByLewis Mumford

chapter eleven|10 pages

Early Modern Literacies

ByHarvey J. Graff

chapter twelve|7 pages

Sensationalism and News

ByMitchell Stephens

part Part Four|40 pages

Electricity Creates the Wired World

chapter thirteen|7 pages

Time, Space, and the Telegraph

ByJames W. Carey

chapter fourteen|8 pages

The New Journalism

ByMichael Schudson

chapter fifteen|8 pages

The Telephone Takes Command

ByClaude S. Fischer

chapter sixteen|8 pages

Dream Worlds of Consumption

ByRosalynd Williams

chapter seventeen|4 pages

Wireless World

ByStephen Kern

part Part Five|43 pages

Image and Sound

chapter eighteen|9 pages

Early Photojournalism

ByUlrich Keller

chapter nineteen|5 pages

Inscribing Sound

ByLisa Gitelman

chapter twenty|5 pages

The Making of the Phonograph

ByJonathan Sterne

chapter twenty-one|9 pages

Early Motion Pictures

ByDaniel Czitrom

chapter twenty-two|7 pages

Movies Talk

ByScott Eyman

part Part Six|45 pages

Radio Days

chapter twenty-three|5 pages

The Public Voice of Radio

ByJohn Durham Peters

chapter twenty-four|8 pages

Early Radio

BySusan J. Douglas

chapter twenty-five|7 pages

The Golden Age of Programming

ByChristopher Sterling, John M. Kittross

chapter twenty-six|6 pages

Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds Broadcast

ByPaul Heyer

chapter twenty-seven|8 pages

Radio Voices

ByMichele Hilmes

chapter twenty-eight|5 pages

Radio in the Television Age

ByPeter Fornatale, Joshua E. Mills

part Part Seven|49 pages

TV Times

chapter twenty-nine|11 pages

Television Begins

ByWilliam Boddy

chapter thirty|7 pages

The New Languages

ByEdmund Carpenter

chapter thirty-one|9 pages

Making Room for TV

ByLynn Spigel

chapter thirty-two|10 pages

From Turmoil to Tranquility

ByGary Edgarton

chapter thirty-three|5 pages

Boob Tubes, Fans, and Addicts

ByRichard Butsch

part Part Eight|34 pages

New Media and Old in the Digital Age

chapter thirty-four|4 pages

How Media Became New

ByLev Manovich

chapter thirty-five|6 pages

Popularizing the Internet

ByJanet Abbate

chapter thirty-six|8 pages

The World Wide Web

ByJay David Bolter, Richard Grusin

chapter thirty-seven|5 pages

A Cultural History of Web 2.0

ByAlice E. Marwick

chapter thirty-eight|6 pages

Social Media Retweets History

ByTom Standage