Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals:
18th Edition

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Since 1992, the most up-to-date book on communication technologies!


August E. Grant, Ph.D., School of Journalism and Mass Communications , University of South Carolina

Jennifer H. Meadows, Ph.D., Dept. of Media Arts, Design, and Technology, California State University, Chico

In association with Technology Futures, Inc.

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For 30 years, Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals, now in its 18th edition, 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 book covers the fundamentals of communication technology in five sections that explain the communication technology ecosystem, its history, theories, structure, and regulations. Separate chapters then explore the background, recent developments, and current status of two dozen technologies in electronic mass media, computers, consumer electronics, telephony, and networking. The chapters are written by experts who provide a snapshot of an individual field. Together, these updates provide a broad overview of these industries and examine the role communication technologies play in our everyday lives. In addition to substantial updates to each chapter, the 18th edition includes first-ever chapters on surveillance and remote working and learning, plus updated user data in every chapter; an overview of industry structure, including recent and proposed mergers and acquisitions; and sidebars about people who have made a lasting contribution to communication technologies.

Key Features:

  • Gives students and professionals the latest information in all areas of communication technology.
  • Companion website offers updated information and useful links to related industry resources, and an instructor site provides a sample syllabus and a test bank.
  • All chapters have been updated.
  • Two new chapters:

    – Surveillance – Cameras and tracking are everywhere. How people and institutions are addressing this new reality.

    – Remote Learning and Working – The pandemic has changed the way we do almost everything!
  • Daily updates: Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn

Table of Contents [back to top]

Section I Fundamentals
1. The Communication Technology Ecosystem, August E. Grant, Ph.D.
2. A History of Communication Technology, Yicheng Zhu, Ph.D. & Kai Qi, B.A.
3. Understanding Communication Technologies, Jennifer H. Meadows, Ph.D.
4. The Structure of the Communication Industries, August E. Grant, Ph.D.
5. Regulation & Communication Technologies, Eric P. Robinson, J.D., Ph.D.
Section II Electronic Mass Media
6. Television, Paul Driscoll, Ph.D. & Michel Dupagne, Ph.D.
7. Radio & Digital Audio, Emily Hughes Corio, M.S.J.
8. Digital Signage, Jennifer H. Meadows, Ph.D.
9. Cinema, Quinn Winchell, M.F.A.
Section III Computers & Consumer Electronics
10. Computers, Glenda Alvarado, Ph.D.
11. Automotive Telematics, Angeline J. Taylor, M.S.
12. Virtual & Augmented Reality, Rebecca Ormond, M.F.A.
13 Video Games, Isaac Pletcher, M.F.A.
14. Home Video, Matthew J. Haught, Ph.D.
15. Digital Imaging & Photography, David L. Morris II, Ph.D.
16. eHealth, Sharon Baldinelli, Ph.D., M.P.H.
17. Esports, Max Grubb, Ph.D.
Section IV Networking Technologies
18. Telephony, William R. Davie, Ph.D.
19. The Internet, Hsuan Yuan Huang, Ph.D.
20. The Internet of Things, Jeffrey S. Wilkinson, Ph.D.
21. Social Media, Rachel Stuart, Ph.D.
22. Remote Learning & Working, August E. Grant, Ph.D.
23. Big Data, Ehsan Mohammadi, Ph.D. & Amir Karami, Ph.D.
24. Artificial Intelligence, Ching-Hua Chuan, Ph.D.
25. Surveillance, Jeffrey S. Wilkinson, Ph.D. & Anosh Gill, M.F.A
Section V Conclusions
26 Other New Technologies, Jennifer H. Meadows, Ph.D.
27 Your Future & Communication Technologies, August E. Grant, Ph.D.

Companion Website [back to top]

Communication Technology Update and Fundamentals offers a Companion Website which provides updated information on the technologies covered in this text, and links to other Internet resources!

Pricing/Ordering Information [back to top]

Published by Technology Futures, Inc.
2022, Bound Hard and Soft Cover, 346 pages.

ISBN: 978-1-884154-43-0 (hbk )
ISBN: 978-1-884154-44-7 (pbk)
ISBN: 978-1-884154-45-4 (ebk)

Paperback: US $69.95
Hardcover: US $139.99
Epub: US $45.99

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What Readers Say

"Thorough and up-to-date, yet concise enough to allow students
to quickly grasp the essential elements of a host of interrelated communications

David Gunzerath
Dept. of Communications and Theater Arts,
Old Dominion University

"Communications Technology Update and Fundamentals is the best broad-based book for exposing students to the many subtleties of Information Technology (IT). This work fills a void that once required many texts and sources to fill. Staying knowledgeable and current in IT is like painting a moving train, and this book is a fabulous effort that brings the reader into the present.quot;

Joseph Screnci
School of Communications, Hawaii Pacific University