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By Irving Fang

What Greek thinker idea writing might damage a student’s reminiscence? used to be the poet Byron’s daughter the 1st desktop programmer? Who performs extra games, girls over 18 or teenage boys?

In Alphabet to net: Media in Our Lives, Irving Fang seems at each one medium of verbal exchange in the course of the centuries, asking not just, "What happened?" but additionally, "How did society swap due to this new communique medium?" and, "How are we varied as a result?"

Examining the influence of other media on a vast, old scale—among them mass printing, the telegraph, movie, the web, and advertising—Alphabet to Internet takes us from the 1st scratches of writing and the origins of mail to trendy games, the frequent and day-by-day use of smartphones, and the effect of social media in political uprisings around the globe. A timeline on the finish of every bankruptcy locations occasions in point of view and permits scholars to pinpoint key moments in media history.

Now in its 3rd version, Alphabet to web presents a full of life, considerate, and obtainable advent to media history.

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Anthony Comstock In the 19th century a private individual, Anthony Comstock, took it upon himself to clean up the mails. Comstock founded the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice and convinced Congress to pass what became known as the Comstock Law, prohibiting the transportation or delivery of pornography. This included birth control information and anatomy textbooks for medical students. Wrangling an appointment as an unpaid postal inspector with the right to carry a weapon, he began a one-man, anti-porn crusade.

This is as elitist as language gets. Efforts to simplify Chinese writing can be traced back for , years, but they always ran into opposition from conservative scholars. The most recent efforts came under Mao Tse Tung in , with a simplified Chinese script, and in , with a Latin script, Pinyin. Scholars across East Asia used Chinese ideographs. One of the great coincidences of history is that Johannes Gutenberg in Germany lived contemporaneously with the Korean king, Sejong the Great, who is credited with a major advance in literacy.

Yet, as it was everywhere, most people in the ancient empires remained illiterate. Except for the scribe, a literate peasant or slave would have been a stench in the nostrils of an illiterate nobleman. Not many people had ever heard of such a thing as a book. Communication was by word of mouth. Sacred Duty With the collapse of Roman rule European civilization entered the Dark Ages. Learning and communication suffered. The pursuit of knowledge shrank into the pinpoints of lighted candles in remote monasteries.

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