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Masters of the word : how media shaped history, from the alphabet to the Internet

Author: William J Bernstein
Publisher: New York, NY : Grove Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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From the birth of writing in Mesopotamia to the technologies of today, this work documents the technology of media, a revolutionary tool that allowed rulers to extend their control far and wide, giving rise to the world's first empires. In this book the author chronicles the history of media, starting with the origin of writing thousands of years ago in Mesopotamia. The revolutionary tool gave rise to the world's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William J Bernstein
ISBN: 9780802121387 0802121381
OCLC Number: 820531290
Description: 420 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Origins --
The ABCs of democracy --
Twelve tables, seven hills, and a few early Christians --
Before Gutenberg --
Punch and counterpunch --
The captive press --
With a machete in one hand and a radio in the other --
The comrades who couldn't broadcast straight --
The argus.
Responsibility: William J. Bernstein.

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From the author of A Splendid Exchange comes a remarkable history of media - from the alphabet to the internet - that examines how it has shaped human society over millennia.  Read more...

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"[Bernstein] enables us to see what remains the same, even as much has changed: Henry VIII had William Tyndale burned at the stake for making the Bible available in English; today, dictators and Read more...

 
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