A Short History of the Modern Media by Jim Cullen

By Jim Cullen

A brief background of the trendy Media offers a concise heritage of the most important 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 famous and simply available
  • Presents a heritage of recent media that's strongly interdisciplinary in nature

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What are some of the forms published words have taken in the last 200 years? What marketplace or cultural factors made some 30 4. 5. PUBLISHING AS POPULAR CULTURE of these forms particularly appealing at a given moment or to a given audience? Describe the role of print as an influence on other media. What is its place in the landscape of contemporary popular culture? What do you see as the effects of e-books on print culture? How, if at all, do they – or reading devices like tablets – affect the way you read?

But when Martin Luther nailed those famous 95 theses on that church door in 1517, kick-starting the Reformation, the pope ceased to be reader-in-chief of the Western world. Now, suddenly, a series of Protestant churches competed for followers, organizing themselves in ways that ranged from networks of bishops to self-contained congregations. In such an environment, individual worshippers experiencing the word of God for themselves became a new possibility – and, in many cases, a new imperative.

The middle of the nineteenth century was a democratic era in more than one sense. Ordinary people became part of the electoral process on a new scale as voters and citizens, and even those who were excluded, among them women and African Americans, could find a voice in the public sphere, particularly in journalistic venues like Freedom’s Journal, a New York paper founded by free black men in 1827. Many newspapers embraced the avowedly egalitarian values of the Democratic Party generally and the presidency of Andrew Jackson in particular (though there were exceptions, like Horace Greeley’s New York Tribune, which reflected the views of the opposition Whig Party).

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