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Beyond the Horizon

Beyond the Horizon

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Beyond the Horizon

Communications Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Media: New Technologies and Multimedia

By Stephen Lax

Publication date: 1997
Total pages: 256
ISBN: 1 86020 514 3
Price: £ 22.50


Beyond the Horizon contributes to an understanding of electronic communications technologies by explaining the technical ideas which underlie them. The technologies, from the telephone to the internet, are described in their social and historical context, which indicates the multiplicity of factors, political, social as well as technological, which affect the development of these systems.
The explanation is thorough yet clear and easily understood, and assumes no technical knowledge on the part of the reader. The principles of communications technologies are described in a social context and are fully illustrated with explanatory diagrams.
Also included in Beyond the Horizon is a discussion of the likely implications of the Internet and its related technologies, offering a critique of technological determinism.
Beyond the Horizon is an essential text book for all undergraduate and taught post-graduate students as well as A-level Media Studies students.


Dr Stephen Lax, is a Lecturer in Communications Technology at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds.



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