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Revolutions in Communication: Media History from Gutenberg to the Digital Age Paperback – June 30, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441114602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441114600
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Revolutions in Communication: Media History from Gutenberg to the Digital Age offers a new approach to media history, presenting an encyclopedic look at the way technological change has linked social and ideological communities. Based on exhaustive scholarship, it narrates the story of revolutions in printing, electronic communication and digital information, while drawing parallels between the past and present. A stunning work of research, it conveys intellectual excitement and stimulates creative thinking about the social construction of communication.

—Maurine H. Beasley, Professor Emerita of Journalism, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland College Park



I could almost imagine myself standing next to William Caxton as the newly inked printed pages of the Canterbury Tales began to accumulate on the table next to his printing machine. Bill Kovarik's latest work on the history of the media has brought together under one academic roof the role of technology and how it has shaped our way of life and our world. He deseves full credit for the way his words take on both colour and a sense of adventure. This work belongs on the book shelves of any university or college program in which the study of technology and its companion media has a central focus. Let it be said that Kovarik's readers will never suffer a dull moment in this beautifully tailored work as he walks through some of the most important history of the age from the Ipad to the cell phone to the Internet.

— David R. Spencer, Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies First Faculty Alumni Rogers Chair 2003-2005



Kovarik has the most complete understanding of media technology among journalism historians working today. It is a very interesting and useful work.

— Mark Neuzil, Professor, Department of Communication and Journalism, University of St. Thomas



As an historian of both technology and the media, Bill Kovarik has made a unique contribution to our understanding of communication history. He explains how the print, visual, electronic, and digital technological revolutions have shaped communication. Equally important, he shows that that new technologies have been invented to overcome the limitations of existing media. This is fascinating reading, both for communication scholars and historians.

—James E. Grunig, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication, University of Maryland

About the Author

Bill Kovarik, Ph.D. is a Professor of Communication at Radford University, a publicly supported graduate level school located near (and once part of) Virginia Tech. He earned his B.S. in Journalism at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1974, his M.A. in Communications at the University of South Caroline in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Public Communications at the University of Maryland in 1993. His previous books include Mass Media and Environmental Conflict (Sage, 1997) and Web Design for the Mass Media (Allyn Bacon, 2001).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hilde on October 4, 2012
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'Revolutions in Communication' is a thorough overview of Media History, including social, legal and political backgrounds. Bill Kovarik uses it for his own online class and makes a large part of his companion site public. The website includes many links beyond material discussed in the book. The book has several in-depth chapters on journalism with a focus on the US. Global media history of the last century & digital media feels slightly abbreviated. I considered four other media history books and decided for Kovarik as the main textbook for my undergraduate class - with additional readings/screenings on international film, design & 21st century media.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joel S. Ward on February 26, 2014
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Kovarik's book provides a nice historical summary of different mediums beginning with the invention of the printing press and ending with digital mediums. If you are looking for a book that reserves judgement as to the affect of the increased presence of mass medium in society then this is a good option. In general Kovarik follows the typical train of thought which promotes mass media as a democratizing force in human societies without reckoning with the possible consequences.
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By MR MARC RAYMOND on July 13, 2014
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Used this as a textbook for a History of Mass Media course, works quite well. Well-organized and clear, and clearly designed with teachers in mind.
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By Kelsey Marie on January 2, 2014
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I needed this book for class. It's an okay book. It's not the most interesting thing to read about (and I enjoy History) and it felt like it just touched base with the material without going into detail. Which is odd considering the size of the text. Overall, the book worked well with lectures because the professor would clarify on subjects the book touched briefly.
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By AptFox on September 13, 2014
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Bought it for a class. It puts me to sleep often. It reads like the author is submitting a paper to an instructor himself. It has references but is written in such a way that it disregards the reader.
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