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The History of Communication – From the Old Times to Today
You might not be able to imagine a world without any form of communication, but the fact is that it used to exist. Communication has evolved significantly throughout time and continues to change as technology advances. We will explore the history of communication – from the old times until today.
First Form of Communication
The first form of communication was cave paintings. These paintings were used to share information and stories between people. They were mainly used for hunting purposes, as they would depict the movements of animals and strategies for capturing them. Cave paintings date back tens of thousands of years ago and are still studied today for their historical significance.
Around 3000 BC, writing was developed as a way to communicate over long distances. This was done by using clay tablets or papyrus scrolls which could be sent through mail or messenger services. It allowed people in different parts of the world to exchange ideas and collaborate on projects. One of the earliest examples of this is the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is an ancient Sumerian poem that tells the story of a king.
Around 1500 BC, the first form of postal service was created by using horses or boats to deliver mail between cities and countries. This allowed people to communicate with one another in a more efficient way than ever before. However, it only applied to royalty at this time since they were the ones who could afford horses for transportation purposes.
This is also when writing began being used extensively within organizations such as military units, businesses, aristocratic families, and universities – most famously through monasteries that preserved learning during Europe’s ‘Dark Ages. Universities kept official records of students’ grades on clay tablets which are known today as “parchment.” These university notes can be traced back all the way until around 1200 AD!
By 1400 AD, the printing press had been invented, which allowed books to be mass-produced for the first time in history. This led to an increase in communication and literacy rates as people were able to learn about new topics and ideas from all over the world. It also helped to spread information more quickly during times of war or natural disasters. Books, newspapers, and pamphlets were printed using movable type during this time period. It allowed ideas to spread more quickly than ever before which sparked revolutions like the Protestant Reformation. As a result, knowledge, and information became more democratized.
The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876 was a monumental step forward in communication technology. Suddenly, people were no longer limited to communicating through written letters – they could now speak to each other over long distances. This allowed for an entirely new level of collaboration to take place across countries, states, and continents – changing the way that business was done forever.
Telegraph & Radio
The telegraph was developed in 1837 by Samuel Morse which allowed people to communicate through dots and dashes (which later turned into morse code) over wires instead of using horses or boats to deliver mail like they used to do before. Similarly, radio technology became widely available during this time period too as it had been invented around the late 1800s/early 1900s with Guglielmo Marconi being a major figure in its development. In 1901, wireless communication signals were sent from the Eiffel Tower for 16 miles! Bell Labs would later invent the first transatlantic telephone call in 1956.
This allowed people to listen to news and entertainment programs from all over the world. It also gave businesses a new way of advertising their products and services. Radio quickly became popular and by 1920 there were around 500 radio stations in the United States alone!
The first television broadcast occurred in 1928 when John Logie Baird demonstrated his invention to members of the Royal Institution in London. However, it didn’t become popular until after World War II when households began purchasing TVs for their homes. The first TV show aired on January 11th, 1940, and was called “Opening of the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair.”
Television brought entertainment into homes all around the world which is why many countries began developing programming of their own too. For example, Telenovelas are shows used by Spanish-speaking countries like Mexico & Spain in order to portray their cultural values and norms to the rest of the world.
In 1876, Bell Labs would also invent the first computer which was known as the “Bell Telephone Computer.” This was a machine that could be used to perform mathematical equations and calculations. It was used primarily by scientists and researchers at this time. It wouldn’t be until the 1970s when personal computers started becoming more widely available to the public. However, the first computer to be sold to consumers was the Apple II which was released in 1977.
The first cell phone call was made by Martin Cooper in 1973 who was the head of research at Motorola. It was a bulky and heavy device that only worked within a certain range – but it was a start! Over time, cell phones have become smaller, lighter, and more powerful. They can now do everything from taking pictures and videos to surfing the internet to making calls and sending text messages.
The internet can be traced back all the way to 1969 when Leonard Kleinrock sent the first message from one computer to another at UCLA. From there, ARPANET (the predecessor of the internet) continued to grow and develop over the years until Tim Berners-Lee invented HTML in 1990 – which allowed for the creation of websites. In 1993, Marc Andreessen released a web browser called “Mosaic” which was later renamed Netscape Navigator – an internet browser that made it easy and simple for people around the world to access information from all over the world at their fingertips!
The first social media platform to be developed was SixDegrees which launched in 1997. This allowed users to create profiles, connect with friends, and share links to articles or websites. However, it wasn’t until 2003 when Facebook was created that social media really started to take off. Nowadays, there are countless social media platforms to choose from including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and YouTube.
The first podcast was released in 2005 by Adam Curry who was a co-host of the “The Daily Source Code.” It was an audio show that consisted of interviews with various people in the tech industry. Since then, podcasts have become increasingly popular and there are now hundreds (if not thousands) of different podcasts to choose from on all sorts of different topics.
The invention of these technologies has completely changed how we communicate with one another throughout history. It has allowed for new levels of collaboration, connection, and communication to take place which would have been otherwise impossible. We can now communicate with people all over the globe in an instant through text messages, emails, social media platforms, and phone calls! It’s truly incredible how far we’ve come.
The Future of Communication
It’s hard to predict the future of communication, but one thing is for sure – it will continue to evolve at an unprecedented rate. With the rise of new technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), and artificial intelligence – who knows what new form(s) of communication will emerge in the years to come? Perhaps we’ll be able to communicate with people through virtual reality worlds or holograms? Only time will tell…
How Communication Helps Busine
Nowadays, it is also easy for business owners to communicate or engage with their customers through social media. You can create a Facebook page for your business where you upload pictures and videos, offer specials or coupons, answer questions from potential customers, etc…
It is also possible to add “likes” and comments on different posts which allow people to engage in conversation with one another about the content that is being posted. This adds a sense of community atmosphere – almost like we’re sharing our thoughts and feelings in real-time!
We’ve spoken to many business owners and they are saying a lot of the communication with customers is transitioning from phone calls to facetime and text messages. This has been the case for a local Folsom fence company who says they can quote jobs even easier with facetiming and they don’t have to wait for pictures to come in for projects to submit a proper bid.
When dealing with customers who are having tree issues, costamesatreecare.com has said their best course of action is facetiming a customer then going to check out the property.
As we move further into the 21st century, communication will continue to play a vital role in our lives. Whether it is through social media, text messages, phone calls, or some other form of technology that has yet to be invented – communication will always be at the forefront of our everyday lives.