By Jim Cullen
A brief background of the trendy Media offers a concise heritage of the main media of the final a hundred and fifty years, together with print, level, 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 recognized and simply available
- Presents a background of recent media that's strongly interdisciplinary in nature
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A Short History of the Modern Media by Jim Cullen