Innis, Harold A., Empire and communications \ i~,~}. k \1.\i.. ‘i+h l”!r·,)~\_l.t rVl. I\ P;’3·\:: ,f~.rl PAPER AND THE PRINTING PRESS ;Ji! ‘Jt~j. Harold Innis: Prophet of Empire & Communications. 03Jan Photograph of Harold Innis standing among lilacs, no date Harold Innis, no date. Source. Empire and Communications examines the impact of media such as stone, clay, papyrus and the alphabet on the empires of Egypt and.

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Lawrence, and Hudson Bay, and the rivers of its drainage basin. Israel became a vassal to Assyria and in B. Such conversations since Socrates had helped equip free individuals to build communicatilns societies by examining many points of view.

Religion was transformed into the worship of one God, the creator and ruler of all things, the God of social justice, mercy, and finally love. Share your thoughts with other customers.

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Knight of the University of Chicago. A threefold division of heaven, earth, and water was developed and a deity given to each division. Empire and Communications examines the impact of media such as stone, clay, papyrus and the alphabet on the empires of Egypt and Babylonia.

This edition has an afterword by Dr. The age of magic had passed to the age of religion but left the [35] magician who became a divine king. The age of Deuteronomists was followed by the age of priests.

John rated it it was amazing Jan 29, Media which emphasize space are apt to be less durable and light in character such as papyrus and paper.

The power of religion based on monopolies of complex systems of writing implied an emphasis on continuity and time, but the alphabet facilitated the growth of political organizations which implied an emphasis on space.

Actually, the word people are looking for is “bad. Beginning with drawing and literature in the decoration of temples and tombs in the use of figures as definitions of living beings and objects, the pictorial principle was extended and adapted to the need of expressing non-pictorial elements into a hieroglyphic system by B.


The torture of Roman citizens and the imposition of capital punishment for relatively minor crimes became common as living law “was replaced by the dead letter. The worship of Ra and [22] the celestial gods was confined to priests and temples.

This book provides a wonderful examination of how emerging communication technologies impact the society that spawned them. The alphabet was developed into a Graeco-Etruscan script when Rome was governed by eempire Etruscan king. A monopoly control of communication defeated attempts to construct empires. Invaders with the sword and the bow and long-range weapons broke through Egyptian defence, dependent on the battle-axe and the dagger.

Papyrus facilitated the spread of writing which in turn, permitted the growth of bureaucratic administration needed to govern territories that would eventually stretch from Britain to Mesopotamia.

Empire and Communications

All arable land became the king’s domain. We may concede with Mark Pattison that. Dynastic difficulties emerged and after Shalmaneser V B. The Aramean city-states were destroyed and the people turned to trade in the vast territory within the Assyrian imperial structure. Want to Read Communicxtions Reading Read. It also looks at the oral tradition in ancient Greece ; the written tradition and the Roman Empire ; the influence of parchment and paper in medieval Europe and the effects of paper and inniz printing press in modern times.

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Monopoly over writing supported an emphasis on religion and the time concept which defeated efforts to solve the problem of space.

Babylonian religious ceremonies played an important role in reducing the despotism of the king. Complexity favoured increasing control under a monopoly of priests and the confinement of knowledge to special classes. Destruction of old capitals as a commujications of destroying the prestige of conquered rulers and creation of new capitals were accompanied by attempts to reorganize the system of deities by admitting the gods of conquered peoples to the pantheon.

The latter are suited to wide areas in empird and trade. Egypt quickly succumbed to invasion from peoples equipped with new instruments of attack. The position of the king in the Persian empire implied enormous demands on administrative capacity. Stunningly prophetic about how media companies still don’t get digital media and want to control information.

Magical literature and popular tales preserved the traditions of the great gods of the universe. Such knowledge was used to produce the calendar which could predict the Nile’s yearly floods.


The Theban kings B. Innis begins, as other historians do, with the crucial importance of the Nile as a formative influence on Egyptian civilization.

Individuals applied their minds to symbols rather than things and went beyond the world of concrete experience into the world of conceptual relations created within an enlarged time and space universe. Success was evident in the capture of Carchemish in B. More primitive laws of the Mosaic code were probably Israelite and descended from old nomadic custom and more advanced laws were gradually assimilated from Canaanite sources.

It is scarcely possible for generations disciplined in the written and the printed tradition to appreciate the oral tradition. Teggart, Theory of History New Haven, Innis have read the manuscript in whole or in part. The pyramids of about B. Babylon was aslo struggling in the balance of monarch and priests’ monopoly of knowledge, stone and clay.

A new competitive medium, namely the papyrus roll, favoured empiee position of religion, and possibly its advantages coincided with the discovery of a more efficient method of predicting time by dependence on the sun. All communication scholars should have this classic book on their shelves, and it also serves as a great supplementary text in communication and economics courses. Innis also contrasts the strikingly different effects of writing and speaking.

He wrote in hieratic characters from right to left, arranging the text in vertical columns communicatons horizontal lines of equal size, which formed pages. But I’m still not entirely sure why this durability criterion should be at all important when discussing communication mediums and their impact on societal development. A priestly theocracy had replaced human kingship. Joshua rated it liked it Jan 30, Dominance of monopolies of knowledge in the centre of civilizations implied limitations on the fringes, particularly with new languages compelled to emphasize simplicity rather than complexity in writing.