Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals

Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals : 15th Edition

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Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals has set the standard as the single best resource for students and professionals looking to brush up on how communication technologies have developed, grown, and converged, as well as what's in store for the future. The 15th edition is completely updated, reflecting the changes that have swept the communication industries. The first five chapters offer the communication technology fundamentals, including the ecosystem, the history, and structure-then delves into each of about two dozen technologies, including mass media, computers, consumer electronics, and networking technologies. Each chapter is written by experts who provide snapshots of the state of each individual field. Together, these updates provide a broad overview of these industries, as well as the role communication technologies play in our everyday lives. In addition to substantial updates to each chapter, the 15th edition includes:

First-ever chapters on Big Data and the Internet of Things

Updated user data in every chapter

Projections of what each technology will become by 2031

Suggestions on how to get a job working with the technologies discussed

The companion website,, offers updated information on the technologies covered in this text, as well as links to other resources
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 19.05mm | 780g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • 15th New edition
  • 1138668265
  • 9781138668263
  • 2,899,726

Table of contents

I Fundamentals

1. The Communication Technology Ecosystem, August E. Grant, Ph.D.

2. A History of Communication Technology, Yicheng Zhu, M.A. & Dan Brown, Ph.D.

3. Understanding Communication Technologies, Jennifer H. Meadows, Ph.D.

4. The Structure of the Communication Industries, August E. Grant, Ph.D.

5. Communication Policy & Technology, Lon Berquist, M.A.

II Electronic Mass Media

6. Digital Television & Video, Peter B. Seel, Ph.D.

7. Multichannel Television Services, Paul Driscoll, Ph.D. & Michel Dupagne, Ph.D.

8. Radio & Digital Audio, Heidi D. Campbell, Ph.D. & Rick Sparks, Ph.D.

9. Digital Signage, Jennifer H. Meadows, Ph.D.

10. Cinema Technologies, Michael R. Ogden, Ph.D.

III Computers & Consumer Electronics

11. Personal Computers, Chris Roberts, Ph.D.

12. Internet of Things (IoT), Jeffrey S. Wilkinson, Ph.D. & Isaac D. Pletcher, M.F.A.

13. Automotive Telematics, Denise Belafonte-Young, M.F.A.

14. E-books, Ashley F. Miller, Ph.D.

15. Video Games, Brant Guillory, M.M.C.

16. Home Video, Steven J. Dick, Ph.D.

17. Digital Imaging & Photography, Michael Scott Sheerin, M.S.

18. eHealth, Heidi D. Campbell, Ph.D.

IV Networking Technologies

19. Broadband & Home Networks, John J. Lombardi, Ph.D.

20. Telephony, William R. Davie, Ph.D.

21. The Internet, Stephanie Bor, Ph.D. & Jan Boehmer, Ph.D.

22. Social Networks, Rachel A. Stuart, M.A.

23. Big Data, Tony R. DeMars, Ph.D.

V Conclusions

24. Other New Technologies, Jennifer H. Meadows, Ph.D.

25. Your Future & Communication Technologies, August E. Grant, Ph.D.

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About August E. Grant

Dr. August E. ("Augie") Grant is J. Rion McKissick Professor of Journalism at the University of South Carolina and Chief Research Analyst for 1World Online. Grant is a technology futurist who specializes in research on new media technologies and consumer behavior. His teaching and research combine the study of traditional and emerging media, with emphases on media management, organizational structure, integrated communication and consumer behavior. He's been editor of Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals since 1992. Dr. Grant has also been published in virtually every major academic journal in the communication field. His work in media convergence includes founding and serving for five years as Executive Editor of The Convergence Newsletter, chairing twelve national conferences on convergent journalism since 2002, and directing the Newsplex Summer Seminar program to train academics in convergent journalism.

Jennifer H. Meadows is Professor and Chair of the Department of Media Arts, Design, and Technology at California State University, Chico. Her teaching and research integrate practical and theoretical concerns related to television production, digital signage, the relationships between media and users, and changing media behavior in the new media marketplace. She has been working on the Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals since 1995 and has been co-editor since 1998.

Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI) provides top-quality custom studies and technology forecasts on key trends to a wide variety of commercial, government, and academic organizations. Founded in 1978, TFI's specialties include technology forecasting, depreciation/valuation, telecommunications, energy, business culture, and minitrends. TFI brings to the table a futures focus, in-depth experience, a wide range of proven forecasting and trend analysis methods, and an excellent track-record of making valuable forecasts over several decades.
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