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By Irving Fang

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

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

Examining the influence of other media on a vast, historic 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 variation, Alphabet to net presents a full of life, considerate, and obtainable creation to media history.

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Medieval Latin remained a borderless international language for scholars. Grammar and eventually spelling became boundaries of both inclusion and separation. The resident of Spain who never thought of himself as a Spaniard took pride in his new status. In the age of the divine right of kings, the kings were not slow to see the benefits of the new national spirit raised by printing and the codified national language where Latin had once ruled.  Innis makes a strong point of arguing that the savage religious wars of the th and th centuries can be laid at the door of the printing shop.

Literate people have reflected upon the writings of others, added to them, and packaged knowledge for future generations. Readers were the Writing: Gathering Thought first people to learn from contemporaries they did not see. In culture after culture, writing has contained and communicated information, along with myths, prejudices, observations, and the gathered knowledge derived from all of these. TIMELINE bce (many dates are estimates) , Notches in bones found in the Near East presumed to be a lunar calendar.

Lucky families eagerly and gratefully sent off their sons for such schooling, the way for him to a better life. As illiterate marauders gained power and became kings or dukes, they absorbed the culture along with the treasure of those they conquered. They opened schools or hired tutors for their own children to make sure they were taught to read and write. A GROWING LITERACY Toward the end of the th century, Sweden required reading literacy of all of its citizens, but not writing literacy. Elsewhere, writing masters advertised their skill at teaching different levels of penmanship.

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