- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (October 8, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195098293
- ISBN-13: 978-0195098297
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #751,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Information Revolution is upon us. The world of the printed word is dying, and moving images are gaining ground. MTV, Sesame Street, and the old stand-by Laugh In have thrust "multiple fragments" of fast-cut images in our faces, and we enjoy, learn, and revel in them. Such is the philosophy of Stephens (journalism and mass communications, New York Univ.), solidly explained and delineated with powerful insights into the classics of literature, film, and television. Although he foresees the "fall" of the printed word, Stephens says it will not be so bad. The "New Video" will bring us joy and great avenues for learning, teaching, and appreciating the world. As in his A History of News: From the Drum to the Satellite (LJ 10/15/88), Stephens paints a much broader picture of mass communication and where it is heading, citing examples such as Flaubert, Shakespeare, and even Ally McBeal. Easy to read and fascinating to think about, this is a keeper. Recommended for academic and larger public libraries.?Kay Bowes, Wilmington Inst. Lib., DE
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"This book is brave and insightful. Mitchell Stephens cares deeply about words and images. A thoughtful scholar of media, he takes us well past the cant, hysteria and rhetoric that shapes so many of our public discussions about technology and culture. Sometimes painfully and poignantly, but
always honestly, he speaks to our fears about the onrushing Information Revolution and offers us some concrete ideas for surviving it."--John Katz, media critic and author of Virtuous Reality
"Filled with historical descriptions and sprinkled with amusing and startling images, Stephens' book provides an interesting perspective on the television/video age and its future."--Bloomsbury Review
"When writing and, later, print moved the word into visual space, the inwardness of the word was preversed because reading evoked sound from the interior of the reader--at first actual sound (early reading was normally aloud) and later imaginary sound. With today's widespread use of TV images
and other images, space has more and more discarded text and communication has become more exteriorizing. The TV screen situates the viewer outside its visual image. But Mitchell Stephens sees hope in current developments such as our growing ability to use moving images that shift from perspective
to perspective. This is an informative and challenging book."--Walter J. Ong, St. Louis University
"A terrific book coming out soon that will forcefully and brilliantly argue...that hyper video images are hurling us into a new cultural renaissance."--David Shenk, author of "Data Smog," in Hotwired
"A thoughtful scholar of media, Stephens takes us well past the cant, hysteria, and rhetoric that shapes so many of our public discussions about technology and culture. Sometimes painfully and poignantly, but always honestly, he speaks to our fears about the onrushing Information Revolution
and offers us some concrete ideas for surviving it."--Jon Katz, media critic and author of Virtuous Reality
"A thoughtful and measured challenge, the kind of scholarship that helps push us forward."--American Journalism Review
"A fascinating, counterintuitive tour de force.... Stephens has created a different way of thinking about the sands that we feel shifting so quickly under our feet."--Wilson Quarterly
"This book offers a unique and refreshing perspective on wht has mostly been a one-sided debate over the linked fate of words and our culture."--Houston Chronicle
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His ideas are intriguing and challenging and his clear writing style makes the book a very good read. Even with what I felt were the weaknesses mentioned above, his challenge to video to rise above what it is now is needed and will hopefully encourage even more people to experiment with what video can do.