A Short History of the Modern Media by Jim Cullen

By Jim Cullen

A brief historical past of the trendy Media provides a concise background of the most important media of the final a hundred and fifty years, together with print, degree, movie, radio, tv, sound recording, and the Internet.

  • Offers a compact, teaching-friendly presentation of the heritage of mass media
  • Features a dialogue of works in pop culture which are famous and simply available
  • Presents a background of contemporary media that's strongly interdisciplinary in nature

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