With a foreword by Norman Denzin Communication and the history of technology have invariably been examined in terms of artefacts and people. Gary Krug argues that communication technology must be studied as an integral part of culture and lived-experience. Rather than stand in awe of the apparent explosion of new technologies, this book links key moments and developments in communication technology with the social conditions of their time. It traces the evolution of technology, culture, and the self as mutually dependent and influential. This innovative approach will be welcomed by undergraduates and postgraduates needing to develop their understanding of the cultural effects of communication technology, and the history of key communication systems and techniques.

The Trajectory of the Image

The trajectory of the image

Well! Like other branches of art, photography already possesses two distinct schools: one above all occupied with the ensemble, the other attached to the minute representation of details; the school of the fantasists and that of the realists. (Charles Bauchal (1852), in Jammes and Janis 1983: xii)

One of the most curious and at the same time distressing truths we know is, that a man may be miserable and not be conscious that he is so. He need not be insensate; but what we understand by the term misery does not distress him, it does not engage his mind, it tells upon him simply as an animal. Such man is more contented and more gross than the ...

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