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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 Rise of a Literary Epistemology: The Social Background of Self
The rise of a literary epistemology: The social background of self

Memory is finite by nature. Plato recognizes this in attributing life to it … A limitless memory would in any event be not memory but infinite self-presence. (Jacques Derrida 1972: 109)

The Advent of Print
Books are Not Memory

It is commonly believed that the book is an extension of memory, an exteriorization of it. Yet what the book stores is not memory not that which previously existed only by being ingested, chewed, ruminated upon. To say that a book holds memory requires a major redefinition of how the word was used prior to printing. What would be stored in entertainment, in magazines, in the news? What ...

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