What Greek philosopher thought writing would harm a student's memory? Was the poet Byron's daughter the first computer programmer? Who plays more video games, women over 18 or teenage boys? In 'Alphabet to Internet', Irving Fang looks at each medium of communication through the centuries, asking not only, 'What happened?' but also, 'How did society change because of this new communication medium?' and, 'How are we different as a result?'
Available: Newton Park
Praise for previous editions of Alphabet to Internet(whose first edition was named by Choice as one of the "outstanding academic titles for 2008"):
"This book doesn't plod along. Instead, like a good mystery novel, it hooks readers. Each chapter makes readers eager for the next as Fang brings history to life." -Sue Burzynski Bullard, Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly
"Encompassing a vast amount of terrain and synthesizing a range of scholarly and popular sources, Fang's Alphabet to Internetwill provide readers and instructors with a ready source of information on the historical development of media technologies." -Andrew Salvati, H-Net
"[Fang] offers a remarkable one-volume history tracing the development of mediated communication from the earliest forms of writing to contemporary computer-based communications." -G. A. Mayer, Choice
"Alphabet to Internet . . . by Irving Fang is a tour-de-force by the emeritus University of Minnesota journalism professor. . . . The breadth of material here is amazing, ranging from the pre-historic (briefly!) to the plethora of services we have today." -Christopher Sterling, Communication Booknotes Quarterly