This wide--ranging and innovative book develops an original theory of the media and their impact on the modern world, from the emergence of printing to the most recent developments in the media industries.
John B. Thompson is Reader in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge.
Preface. Introduction. 1. Communication and Social Context. 2. The Media and the Development of Modern Societies. 3. The Rise of Mediated Interaction. 4. The Transformation of Visibility. 5. The Globalization of Communication. 6. The Re--mooring of Tradition. 7. Self and Experience in a Mediated World. 8. The Re--invention of Publicness. Notes. Index.