This text examines the startling and rapidly changing developments in media techlogy, especially as they affect journalism and the news media. We w stand at the threshold of a revolution in the news and entertainment media, and those media as we kw them today may soon cease to exist. Whereas it had always been a simple matter to distinguish between newspapers, broadcast television, cable television, motion pictures, telephones, and computers, those distinctions are quickly blurring as a new universal media looms on the horizon. Here Jim Willis examines the new multimedia--and the concept of turbonews--and how journalism, the news media, and our lifestyles will be changed forever.
JIM WILLIS, a veteran of the news business, is Professor of Communication at Boston College. He is the author of several books, including The Shadow World: Life between the News Media and Reality (Praeger, 1991) and Journalism: The State of the Art (Praeger, 1989).