Making Connections: Communication through the Ages by Charles T. MeadowMaking Connections: Communication through the Ages by Charles T. Meadow

Making Connections: Communication through the Ages

byCharles T. Meadow

Paperback | February 11, 2002

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Meadow takes us on a Cook's tour of communication technologies across time-the alphabet and moveable type printing, cave drawings and carrier pigeons, telephones, television and, of course, the Internet. In each case, Meadow shows how these (and other devices) are connected to each other, even as they serve to make connections between people. Part One discusses the basics of communications, while Part Two delves into telecommunications before the days of steam and electricity. Part Three offers insight into steam, electricity, and internal combustion energy and how they revolutionized society. Communication is the key to a productive world. For those dazzled by the pace of change in the technology or McLuhan's unorthodox but brilliant insights, Meadow's casual style and pace provide the perfect antidote.
Charles T. Meadow is Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto. He is the author of Ink into Bits: A Web of Converging Media (2002) and Messages, Meaning and Symbols: The Communication of Information (2006), both published by Scarecrow.
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Title:Making Connections: Communication through the AgesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.38 × 5.44 × 0.82 inPublished:February 11, 2002Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810842343

ISBN - 13:9780810842342

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Table of Contents

Part 3 Part 1: The Basics of Communication Chapter 4 1 Background Part 5 Part 2: Telecommunication Before Steam and Electricity Chapter 6 2 Spoken Language and Sound Transmission Chapter 7 3 Writing and Printing Chapter 8 4 Visual Signalling Chapter 9 5 Transportation as Communication-1 Part 10 Part 3: Steam, Electricity, and Internal Combustion Chapter 11 6 Transportation as Communication-2 Chapter 12 7 Telegraph Chapter 13 8 Telephone Part 14 Part 4: Electronics Chapter 15 9 Radio Chapter 16 10 Television Chapter 17 11 Communication Satellites Chapter 18 12 The Internet and the Information Highway Part 19 Part 5: Looking Backward and Forward Chapter 20 13 Summation and Projection Chapter 21 14 One Hundred Dates to Remember Chapter 22 Bibliography Chapter 23 Index Chapter 24 About the Author

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Writing in a casual style for nonspecialists, Meadow covers the basics of each technology, showing how it was invented, how it works, and the effect it has had on society.