By Irving Fang

What Greek thinker proposal writing might damage a student’s reminiscence? was once the poet Byron’s daughter the 1st laptop programmer? Who performs extra games, ladies over 18 or teenage boys?

In Alphabet to web: Media in Our Lives, Irving Fang appears at every one medium of communique throughout the centuries, asking not just, "What happened?" but in addition, "How did society switch due to this new verbal exchange medium?" and, "How are we various as a result?"

Examining the impression of other media on a huge, 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 modern 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 areas occasions in standpoint and permits scholars to pinpoint key moments in media history.

Now in its 3rd variation, Alphabet to net presents a full of life, considerate, and available advent to media history.

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EXTENDING LITERACY IN MODERN TIMES By the start of the th century nearly all men and most women in the northeastern United States were literate. By the middle of the century, nine out of ten white people throughout the expanding nation had at least a basic reading skill.  When slavery was still in existence in the South, blacks were usually prevented, sometimes violently, from learning to read. The Industrial Revolution saw significant literacy advances in both Western Europe and North America.

As feudal rulers huddled in their castles, bandits roamed; bands of knights were the ronin of Europe. Fanaticism and revolts pocked the era. The fear of the Mongols to the east and of Arabs ranging from Jerusalem to Spain added to European life’s unease. Constantinople, for centuries the heart of Christendom, fell to Islam and the Ottoman Turks. Before Gutenberg began printing, most books in Europe were written in Latin and were unavailable to an illiterate public. Newspapers and magazines did not exist in this oral world.

Graff, Literacy and Historical Development (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, ) –.  Ronald E. Seavoy, An Economic History of the United States: From  to the Present (New York: Routledge, ) .  Seavoy, .  Grubb, –.  Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin, The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing – (London: Verso Editions, ) –.  Seavoy () notes that a few heartless mill owners who employed fathers and children threatened to fire them all if one of the children was removed to attend school.

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