The Computer And Mass Communication



I am writing this essay on a Macintosh computer, a machine that replaces the gears and levers of a typewriter with a microprocessor, electronic circuitry, software, and a display screen. On the floor is a modem, which lets my computer talk to other computers over the phone lines. There are more than 30 million people on the Internet whom I could reach via modem if I knew their electronic- mail address. I check my E-mail; I'm carrying on several electronic conversations about this essay, and about other topics. I check a few bulletin boards (there are tens of thousands I might look in on; I keep up to date with a half dozen), looking for interesting information about computers and ...

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electronic information infrastructure surrounding me - surrounding us all.
But the electronic part of the information infrastructure is only a tiny fraction of what's available to me. Every morning the newspaper is thrown into the driveway. The paper is an amazing achievement, more than one hundred pages of news, data, photographs, and advertisements pulled over electronic threads from around the world, processed, organised, and delivered. Every day at about noon the mailman brings mail to the box at the end of the driveway. It has been collected, sorted, moved, and delivered: a traditional information stream, but an important one.
Behind me as I sit in my bedroom is a wall of books. Each of them has its own story - each one written, edited, designed, printed, distributed. The author of each has spent months or years collecting information though all of the channels mentioned here, and more, deciding what's important, and figuring out how best to state the facts, and how to make ...

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communications comprise the institutions and techniques by which specialised groups employ technological devices (press, radio, films, etc.) to disseminate symbolic content to large, heterogeneous, and widely dispersed audiences. As each new medium developed, existing media declined in use or adapted to more specialised functions, but the overall tendency seems to have been for a steady increase until the present, in the amount of time actually devoted to attending to mass communications. McLuhan (1995) states that the railway did not introduce movement or transportation or wheel or road into human society, but it accelerated and enlarged the scale of previous human ...

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Added: 12/25/2007 12:15:01 PM
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