By Irving Fang

ISBN-10: 113880584X

ISBN-13: 9781138805842

What Greek thinker inspiration writing might damage a student’s reminiscence? used to be the poet Byron’s daughter the 1st laptop programmer? Who performs extra games, ladies over 18 or teenage boys?

In Alphabet to net: Media in Our Lives, Irving Fang appears to be like at every one medium of conversation in the course of the centuries, asking not just, "What happened?" but in addition, "How did society swap due to this new verbal exchange medium?" and, "How are we diverse as a result?"

Examining the influence of other media on a large, old scale—among them mass printing, the telegraph, movie, the net, and advertising—Alphabet to Internet takes us from the 1st scratches of writing and the origins of mail to state-of-the-art games, the frequent and day-by-day use of smartphones, and the influence of social media in political uprisings around the globe. A timeline on the finish of every bankruptcy locations occasions in viewpoint and permits scholars to pinpoint key moments in media history.

Now in its 3rd version, Alphabet to web presents a full of life, considerate, and obtainable advent to media history.

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Cnn. eref=edition.  See Clive Thompson, “The New Literacy,” Wired, September , .  This page intentionally left blank Early Printing Reaching More of Us The story of written communication dates back , years to marks on clay. For most of the subsequent centuries, most people still got their information through word of mouth in the usual way of the old telling the young and the powerful telling the powerless, or at fairs, or from the balladeers, who earned their bread by chanting the news from town to village, the occasional traveling morality play, and, of course, gossip.

Robinson, .  Gnanadesikan, –.  John Noble Wilford, “Carvings from Cherokee Script’s Dawn, New York Times, June , .  Jane Shumate, Sequoyah: Inventor of the Cherokee Alphabet, North American Indians of Achievement (New York: Chelsea House Publications, ).  For a comparative study of colonial literacy rates and those in Europe, see Farley Grubb, “Growth of Literacy in Colonial America: Longitudinal Patterns, Economic Models, and the Direction of Future Research,” in Harvey J.

Spectacles first appeared in Europe in the th century. The invention of the chimney, which heated private rooms, may have increased book reading among the nobility because printing encouraged silent reading, privacy, and separation from other people.  More and more, merchants and artisans learned to read for themselves. A merchant class—a genuine middle class—arose to claim its place in society. For them literacy provided a useful business tool. As historian De Lamar Jensen noted, “It was long after the invention of printing before more than a fraction of the population could read or write.

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