Media and Communications Technologies

Media and Communications Technologies

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Complex technology is now widely available and commonplace, with new developments emerging almost every day. So how are we to keep up with and make sense of technological changes behind media and communication systems? Do new technologies change society, or are new media the products of social forces? This book examines how media and communication technologies work and considers the society that develops and uses them. From the telegraph to the future of mobile communication, Stephen Lax takes the reader through a critical examination of the most important technologies to come out of the past century. Each chapter is filled with insightful case studies and thought-provoking examples that clearly explain key concepts, whilst exploring historical context and chronological developments to show that 'new' technology depends upon its history. Assuming no prior technical knowledge, the book addresses both technical and social aspects of these developments, explaining bandwidths and frequencies alongside issues of policy and regulation. Illustrated with clear diagrams, boxes and tables, Media and Communication Technologies helps students to confront and make sense of the technological changes taking place in communications today.The earliest machines stored tape in reels and a breakthrough came when Sony introduced the videotape cassette in 1971 in its U-Matic format, ... U-Matic video cassette recorder (VCR) was briefly marketed by Sony from 1972 (mainly to corporate users such as educational ... giant RCA and a number of leading European manufacturers to support the VHS 80 Media and Communication Technologies.

Title:Media and Communications Technologies
Author: Stephen Lax
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2008-09-18

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