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Book Title: Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Why the Irish Speak English|
The author of the book: Peter K. Fallon
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 25.94 MB
Edition: Edwin Mellen Press
Date of issue: September 20th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780773460331
Read full description of the books Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth-Century Ireland: Why the Irish Speak English:This book details the history of the spread of printing and literacy in eighteenth century Ireland. In addition to being a historical survey, it is also a study, in the media ecological vein, that explores what happens when a new technology is introduced to a given culture. This work answers three key questions: first, why did print technology take so long (300 years after Gutenberg) to become a cultural influence in Ireland; second, why was there an explosion of printing and presses in Ireland between 1750 and 1800 and finally, why, when a printing industry had been established, was almost the entire output of printed literature in English rather than the Irish language? This book is a masterful and carefully researched contribution to both the study of how technology changes culture and Irish studies.
Read information about the authorMore than two decades of teaching experience on the college/university level — over twenty years of professional experience in television, including 17 years with NBC News' TODAY show. Terminal degree (Ph.D.) in Media Ecology from New York University. Winner of the Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology for 2007. Winner of the Lewis Mumford Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Technics for 2010.
Professor of Media Studies at Roosevelt Univesity in Chicago.
My second book, "The Metaphysics of Media: Toward an End to Postmodern Cynicism and the Construction of a Virtuous Reality," is available from the University of Chicago Press.
My latest book, "Cultural Defiance, Cultural Deviance," was published in March 2013 and is available from the SophiaOmni press and on Amazon.com.
Presentations and Publications
Why the Irish Speak English (paper), presented -- by invitation -- to the Eighth Annual Convention of the Media EcologyAssociation, Technologico de Monterrey, Mexico City, June 9, 2007.
Orality, Literacy, and the Spread of Printing in Eighteenth Century Ireland (paper), presented -- by invitation -- to the first annual Conference on Irish Studies of the Irish Studies Program, National University of Ireland, Galway, June 7, 2006.
The Metaphysics of Media (paper), presented to the 63rd Annual Conference of the New York State Communication Association, Hudson Valley, NY, October 22, 2005.
Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth Century Ireland : Why the Irish Speak English (Lewiston, New York: The Edwin Mellen Press, 2005). Winner of the Marshall McLuhan Award for Outstanding Book in the Field of Media Ecology for 2007
Book Review: Ozersky, Josh. Archie Bunker's America: TV in an Era of Change, 1968-1978 (Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 2003), in EME: Explorations in Media Ecology, the Journal of the Media Ecology Association, Volume 3, Number 2, 2004.
The Legacy of Neil Postman: Writer, Educator, Public Intellectual (paper/panel discussion) presented to the 54th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, New Orleans, May 29, 2004.
Mel Gibson's Passion: Translating Scripture into Images, Transforming Truth into Impressions (paper/panel discussion) presented to the Molloy College Center for Christian-Jewish Studies, Rockville Centre, NY, April 21, 2004.
Why the Irish Speak English: the Consequences of One Culture's Resistance to Technological Change, in Printing History, the Journal of the American Printing History Association. Volume XXI, number 2, Spring 2002.
In the Dark: Why Ignorance Survives in an Age of Information, presented at the Women of Spirit Symposium of the Siena Women's Center, Rockville Centre, NY, April 19, 2002.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and Jacques Ellul: Media Theory and Criticism from Opposing Christian Theological Perspectives, presented at the 31st Annual Conference of the Popular Culture Association, Philadelphia, PA, April 12, 2001.
Orality- and Literacy-based Differences in the Spread of Printing in Ireland: 1750-1800, presented at the annual convention of the International Communication Association, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1990.
Printing, Literacy, and Education in Eighteenth Century Ireland, presented at the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Boston, MA, April 18, 1990
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