The Bias of Communication

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Author: Harold Adams Innis

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9780802068392

Category: History

Page: 226

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One of the most influential books ever published in Canada, Harold A. Innis's The Bias of Communication has played a major part in reshaping our understanding of history, communication, and media theory. First published in 1951, this masterful collection of essays explores the relationship between a society's communication media and that community's ability to maintain control over its development. Innis considers political and economic forces in the context of social change and the role of communication in the creation of both ancient and modern empires. In an essay for this new edition, Innis biographer Alexander John Watson examines the reasons why Innis, at the height of his success as an economic historian, embarked on new research areas of communications and empire, as well as the ways in which Marshall McLuhan's interpretations of Innis changed and de-politicized Innis's work. As important today as it was when first published, The Bias of Communication is essential reading for historians and scholars of communication and media studies.

The Bias of Communication

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Author: Harold Adams Innis,Alexander John Watson

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802096069

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 226

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First published in 1951, this masterful collection of essays explores the relationship between a society's communication media and that community's ability to maintain control over its development.

Harold Innis

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Author: Paul Heyer

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742524842

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 133

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His name may not be as well known as that of his colleague and spiritual descendent, Marshall McLuhan, but Harold Innis's (1894-1952) influence on contemporary critical media and communication studies has been no less profound. This concise look at Innis's life and contributions to the communication field charts his beginnings in political economy to his later work in critical media studies and communications history, synthesizing his key publications and clearly showing their ongoing resonance for the field today. The book also includes an appendix by William J. Buxton on the 'History of Communications' manuscript and one by J. David Black on the contributions of Mary Quayle Innis.

Empire and Communications

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Author: Harold Adams Innis

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742555082

Category: History

Page: 287

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Talks about how media influence the development of consciousness and societies. This work traces humanity's movement from the oral tradition of preliterate cultures to the electronic media. It presents the author's own influential concepts of oral communication, time and space bias, and monopolies of knowledge.

Staples, Markets, and Cultural Change

Selected Essays

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Author: Harold Adams Innis

Publisher: McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP

ISBN: 9780773513020

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 506

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This new edition of Harold Innis's essays, published on the occasion of his centenary, assembles his most significant and representative writing. Included are many of Innis's essays on cultural issues and economic development - subjects he explored throughout his life - that have not been readily accessible before.

Makers of the Media Mind

Journalism Educators and Their Ideas

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Author: William David Sloan

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780805806991

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 357

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Makers of the Media Mind is a collection of analytical essays focusing on the most important and original ideas contributed to the field of mass communication by journalism educators. Divided into six sections representing the most prominent areas of specialization in the field, this text serves two significant purposes: first, it acquaints readers with the lives of preeminent journalism educators; second, it provides concise discussions and evaluations of the most compelling ideas those educators have to offer. The editor of, and contributors to, this text contend that ideas cannot be appreciated fully without an understanding of the creators of those same ideas. They hope that this volume's coverage of "creators" as well as concepts will demonstrate that journalism education has played a critical role in the making of the "media mind."

The Toronto School of Communication Theory

Interpretations, Extensions, Applications

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Author: Menahem Blondheim,Rita P. M. Watson

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802097758

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 366

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While never formally recognized as a school of thought in its time, the work of a number of University of Toronto scholars over several decades - most notably Harold Adams Innis and Marshall McLuhan - formulated a number of original attempts to conceptualize communication as a phenomenon, and launched radical and innovative conjectures about its consequences. This landmark collection of essays re-assesses the existence, and re-evaluates the contribution, of the so-called Toronto School of Communication. While the theories of Innis and McLuhan are notoriously resistant to neat encapsulation, some general themes have emerged in scholarly attempts to situate them within the discipline of communications studies that they helped to define. Three such themes - focus on the effects and consequences of communications, emphasis on communications as a process rather than as structure, and a sharp focus on the technology of communication, or the 'medium' - are the most fundamental in characterizing the unique perspective of the Toronto School. This collection not only represents a crucial step in defining the 'Toronto School,' it also provides close analysis of the ideas of its individual members.