History of Communication Essay

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Since the beginning of time, people have always been looking for means of communication, but a way to communicate in a fast and easy way. In earlier times, Egyptians carved on rocks, leaving records for the next civilization. The Incans of South America knotted several colored pieces of string in a specific pattern and had a messenger run to the next village to deliver it. Many wrote messages on paper to be delivered by a messenger and some simply sent a messenger to deliver the message orally. Of course, there were many problems with these means of communication. If one just sent a messenger, it was easy for the messenger to lose communication in the traveling process, or one could misplace a written message. And of course these messages …show more content…
When the line was officially completed on May 24, 1844, the message, "What hath God wrought," was the first message sent over the completed line. It was sent from the old Supreme Court chamber in the United States Capitol to his partner in Baltimore. Annie Ellsworth, the daughter of a friend of Morse’s, chose the verse from Numbers 23:23. This was a very significant point in history as an improvement in communication; however, the message was difficult to understand at times and was very difficult and tedious to create.
The telegraph did wonders to speed up process of communication; however, it was still not ideal for everyday interaction between families and neighbors. The telegraph Morse invented was a single telegraph, sending one message at a time, so Alexander Graham Bell tried to create a multiple telegraph, sending more than one message over the same wire. At the same time, Bell and Thomas Watson, an electrician, were working on another idea in secret – the telephone. On June 2, 1875, Alexander Graham Bell discovered he could hear a sound over an electric wire, the sound of a twanging clock spring. On March 10, 1876, Bell explained in his notebook entry that his experiment was finally successful. That day he said the famous first words spoken into a telephone, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want you.” Finally solving the problems of the telegraph, Bell invented the telephone. The telegraph system was in place for about thirty years already, taking the telephone quite