Taking a Look at Communication History

1052 WordsJan 26, 20184 Pages
COMMUNICATION HISTORY Communication begins with language, the distinctive ability which has made possible the evolution of human society. With language any message, any query no matter how complex, can be conveyed between people to people over a limited distance - within a room or place of assembly, or across a short open space. The history of communication is mankind's search for ways to improve upon shouting. History of communication began with the use of smoke signals and drums in Africa, America and parts of Asia. These systems were used to merely convey the presence of a camp. There are forms of long-distance communication not based on words. The smoke signals used by American Indians are of this kind. The bonfires are lit in succession on hill tops. These systems are only capable of conveying some limited signals such as Danger or Victory. Some non-verbal systems are also used for communication. The whistled language is used to communicate across deep valleys. It is capable for the immediate needs of the people of a particular area, but incapable to convey long messages. Then, the messages to be communicated were carved on stone pillars. They communicate very well across time, down through the centuries, but they are an inefficient method of communicating across space. The message can be only read within a reading range. This system will be more efficient if the message travels. This needs a portable writing material, i.e., a papyrus or paper. The sending of
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