‘This is easily the best study of twentieth-century media I've seen. It combines historical with contemporary media studies research to trace the origins and impact of all major media and does so in well-written prose that will please teachers and inspire students.’ Gary Cross, The Pennsylvania State University
‘This important survey brings together the findings of specialized research on media history in a number of countries and analyses developments over the course of the twentieth century. The historical sweep is monumental and the analytical grasp of the authors on the profound technological changes that have shaped our lives is impressive. I congratulate the authors for making a significant contribution to the history of the twentieth century and of the communications revolution.’ David Welch, University of Kent at Canterbury
"Those looking for a quick but insightful survey will find this treatment hard to beat" Choice
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Media and Society in the Twentieth Century
captures the breathtaking revolutionary sweep of mass media since the turn of the century. Utilizing historical and comparative perspectives, the authors emphasize the importance of contemporary media and explain why particular media systems exist. The volume analyzes the socio-economic contexts in which mass media originated; the institutional forms taken by evolving media; the relationships between media institutions and the state; and the interrelationships between different media.
Focusing mainly on the development of newspapers, film, radio, television, and the Internet in the United States and Western Europe, Media and Society in the Twentieth Century fills a critical need for students and scholars by offering a historical introduction to the mass media in our time.