- Series: Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers; New edition (March 6, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0742555089
- ISBN-13: 978-0742555082
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,042,744 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I can think of no better inoculation against the rampant disease of present-mindedness in the contemporary world than a careful reading of [Innis's] classic, Empire and Communications. This book was the foundation on which he built his understanding of the contemporary world, in particular his view of the United States of America, its foreign policy, and its effects on other cultures. At the time of Innis's death in 1952, his perspective on the contemporary world seemed radical and far-fetched. When we read his work anew over a distance of more than fifty years, it seems fresh and, indeed, prophetic. (Alexander John Watson)
Innis's writings ... prove understandable and applicable in a variety of modern-day contexts. (Technology and Culture, January 2009, Vol. 50)
With the benefit of over 50 years of reflection, we can state without opposition that Harold Innis was an important figure in the development of communications studies, and that our students today would do well to read his book, if only to experience the joy of physically grasping and grappling with a difficult publication instead of reading the watered-down version available on Wikipedia. (Journal Of International Communication)
This book teaches us to reflect on how the means and processes of communication have been embedded in imperial power. . . . In a career dedicated to explaining empire, Innis discovered communication and blazed an important trail. The time is ripe to reintroduce and welcome this rewarding book, especially to Innis's [U.S.] neighbors. We live in a moment in which the wages of empire weigh heavily on the world. (Andrew Calabrese From The Foreword)
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Empire and Communications is one of Inniss most important contributions to the debate about how media influences the development of consciousness and societies.|This is one of Innis's most important contributions to the debate about how media influences the development of consciousness and societies. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.