Close
Enter your search into one or more of the boxes below:
You can refine your search by selecting from any of the options below:
Search
The Hidden Meaning of Mass Communications: Cinema, Books, and Television in the Age of Computers

The Hidden Meaning of Mass Communications: Cinema, Books, and Television in the Age of Computers (Hardback)

£67.00
Printed to order. Despatched in 2-3 weeks.
Email me when back in stock

Synopsis

In 1917, the French poet Guillaume Apollinaire predicted the death of books in one or two centuries and their replacement by film and sound. In the early sixties, Marshall McLuhan proclaimed the end of the Gutenberg Galaxy. Neither of these predictions has yet happened. Nonetheless, the development of computer science and the spread of the Internet have already changed the landscape of the media and affected the fields of book publishing, journalism, cinema, and television. In his new book, Hoveyda, who was involved with cinema and literature for many years, scrutinizes the relationship between the different forms of media and art. Drawing on his varied experience as well as on his knowledge of the arts and media, he explains how cinema literally existed before literature or articulate language, and that all other forms of communication stem from this innate capability to think cinematically. Looking at the extraordinary technological developments in the fields of cinema, television, and communications, Hoveyda finds a hidden purpose behind them; a kind of common thread that illustrates and explains the quest of humans for communication.

As far back as one can go, Hoveyda finds that humans were always preoccupied with the question of how to communicate what was going on in their minds. They tried-and found-ways of transmitting to one another the impressions and ideas churning in their heads. Prehistoric cave drawings, hieroglyphs, literature, and canvas paintings were and are part of such attempts. This progression of inventions seems to pursue a linear path toward externalization of their people's thoughts and dreams. The pinnacle of this externalization will be reached when it becomes automatic and foregoes the use of heavy equipment. Bunuel once told the author and his friends that he dreamt of the day when he would sit in a darkened room and project on a wall the film he was concocting in his head. This is exactly the goal of the technological progress we witness.

Hoveyda's survey also includes a description of the evolution of modern cinema as he witnessed it; some new and revolutionary remarks about film appreciation and filmmaking; discussion of television and how it differs from cinema; and observations on the impact of media on one another as well as the influence of the more recent technologies on narration styles. A provocative account that will be of interest to scholars, researchers, students, and anyone involved with the development of communications.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryArts: general issues & referenceArt, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryTheory of artPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesMedia Studies Publisher: ABC-CLIO Publication Date: 30/07/2000 ISBN-13: 9780275969967  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
Availability: Printed to order. Despatched in 2-3 weeks.  

FEREYDOUN HOVEYDA has had a long and distinguished career as a diplomat, writer, and critic. From 1953 to 1965 he was a member of the editorial board of Cahiers du Cinema, the world-famous French magazine that launched what came to be known as the New Wave. Hoveyda wrote scripts and collaborated as a writer and assistant with Roberto Rossellini on several projects, including the film India 1958. He has published some 14 novels and non-fiction books in Paris, his latest book in English The Broken Crescent was published by Praeger in 1998.

More books by Fereydoun Hoveyda

Leave Review

Delivery

Delivery Options

All delivery times quoted are the average, and cannot be guaranteed. These should be added to the availability message time, to determine when the goods will arrive. During checkout we will give you a cumulative estimated date for delivery.

Location 1st Book Each additional book Average Delivery Time
UK Standard Delivery FREE FREE 3-5 Days
UK First Class £4.50 £1.00 1-2 Days
UK Courier £7.00 £1.00 1-2 Days
Western Europe** Courier £17.00 £3.00 2-3 Days
Western Europe** Airmail £5.00 £1.50 4-14 Days
USA / Canada Courier £20.00 £3.00 2-4 Days
USA / Canada Airmail £7.00 £3.00 4-14 Days
Rest of World Courier £22.50 £3.00 3-6 Days
Rest of World Airmail £8.00 £3.00 7-21 Days

** Includes Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Irish Republic, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Delivery Help & FAQs

Returns Information

If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase*, you may return it to us in its original condition with in 30 days of receiving your delivery or collection notification email for a refund. Except for damaged items or delivery issues the cost of return postage is borne by the buyer. Your statutory rights are not affected.

* For Exclusions and terms on damaged or delivery issues see Returns Help & FAQs

You might also like

Life on Sirius - the Situationist...
(Paperback)
Kim West; Daniel Birnbaum
 
 
£6.95
 
Beyond Bombshells: The New Action...
(Paperback)
Jeffrey A. Brown
 
 
£28.50
 
The Postconceptual Condition
(Paperback)
Peter Osborne
 
 
£19.99
 
The Female Body in the Looking-Glass:...
(Paperback)
Basia Sliwinska
 
 
£20.00
 
Latest Blog
The Mexican--US Border: Where the Imagination Flourishes…
19/01/2018

Tim Baker reflects on the literary impact of the Mexican-US border and lists some of his favourite novels set in this notorious region.

Johann Hari Takes Issue with the Concept of Self-Help
18/01/2018

Johann Hari explains why, in order to feel better, we must stop being 'you', in favour of being 'us', being 'we', becoming part of the group.

Jealousy, Rivalry, Insecurity, Frustration... Non Pratt Explores the World of Female Teenage Friendships
16/01/2018

Non explores friendship in YA novels and especially those that depict the imperfect middle ground.

View all Blog Entries
Twitter
Show/Hide Tweets
© W&G Foyle Ltd