Media

Authored by: David Crowley , Paul Heyer

The Handbook of Communication History

Print publication date:  December  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415892599
eBook ISBN: 9780203149119
Adobe ISBN: 9781136514319

10.4324/9780203149119.ch2

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Abstract

The historical study of communication media—the technologies involved, along with the social and discursive practices they have engendered—has yielded a variety of approaches. Whether we call them communication history, as in this handbook, the history of communication(s), media history, or most recently media archeology, they all share a certain perspective. Practitioners, informed by interdisciplinarity, seek to understand processes whereby the study of media from the past can provide a better understanding of both history and the formative influence of communication technologies in the contemporary world.

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