Media and Society into the 21st Centurycaptures the breathtaking revolutionary sweep of mass media from the late 19th century to the present day. Utilizing historical and comparative perspectives, the volume analyzes the socio-economic contexts in which mass media originated; the institutional forms taken by evolving media; the relationships between media institutions and the state; and the interrelationships between different media. This new edition is updated and expanded to include recent media developments and the continued impact of technological change in an age of globalization. Chapters on media, war, international relations, and new media have been updated and expanded, and a new "Web 2.0" section explores the role of blogging, social networking, user-generated content, and search media in media landscape. Focusing on the development of newspapers, film, radio, television, and the Internet around the world, Media and Society into the 21st Century fills a critical need for students and scholars by offering a historical introduction to the mass media in our time.