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A History of Communication Technology

Dan Brown, Ph.D.*

 

The history of communication technologies can be examined from many perspectives. Each chapter in this book provides a brief history and a current update of the technology discussed in that chapter, but providing a big picture overview is important in studying the growth of respective technologies. This chapter focuses on early developments and brief updates in various communications media. The discussion is organized into categories that cover eras of print media, electronic media, and digital media.

The most useful perspective permits comparisons among technologies across time: numerical statistics of adoption and use of these technologies. To that end, this chapter follows patterns ...

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