History of Modern Social Media

  • Printing
    • 15th Century: Printing Press, Guttenberg’s Press, Church and University
    • 16th Century: Fragmentation, religious disunity
    • 17th Century: Pamphleteers, newspapers, periodicals, allows for knowledge without experience, constitute “the public”.  Made up of middle class (bourgeois), literate, intellectuals.
  • Mass Media
    • 18th Century: liberal, intellectual elite challenging government.
    • 19th Century:  Industrial Revolution, political elite claim that increasing knowledge would lead to political instability and disintegration of moral fabric of society.  Victorianism.  Still mostly print.
  • Communication and Entertainment
    • Telegraph (1837), Transatlantic Cable (1866)
    • Telephone (1876), Wireless (1887)
    • Transatlantic Radio Broadcast (1901), Motion Film (1905), Transatlantic Voice Radio Broadcast (1906)
    • Television (1923), First TV Broadcast (1937)
    • First Computer and Transistor (1948)
    • Birth of the Internet (1969)
  • The Tool shed Home
    • VCR/Beta (1975)
    • Video Cameras/Camcorders (1982)
    • Cell Phones (1985)
  • The Highway
    • Mobile telephones (1986)
    • Worldwide Web, Web 1.0  (1990)
    • The Graphical Browser (1993)
    • Web 2.0 (2004)
    • Social Media; Enterprise 2.0 (2006)

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Adapted from (Briggs & Burke, 2002); (Burgess & Green, 2009); (Fang, 1997); (Cormode & Krishnamurthy, 2008); (Harrison & Barthel, 2009).

 

Works Cited

Briggs, A., & Burke, P. (2002). A social history of media: From Gutenberg to the Internet. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Press.

Burgess, J., & Green, J. (2009). Youtube: Digital Media and Society Series. Malden, MA: Polity Press.

Cormode, G., & Krishnamurthy, B. (2008). Key differences between Web 1.0 and Web 2.0. First Monday , 13 (6).

Fang, I. E. (1997). A history of mass communication: six information revolutions. Boston, MA: Focal Press.

Harrison, T. M., & Barthel, B. (2009). Wielding new media in Web 2.0: exploring the history of engagement with the collaborative construction of media products. New Media Society , 155-178.

 

 

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  2. I would like to see a graph that shows the amount of car accidents in relation to cell phone usage in cars since their inception. The cell phones inception. HILARIOUS!

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