By Vicente Kaufhold
IN THE BEGINING
Drums could be used to send rhythmic signals to neighbors, other groups and religious idols. Different rhythms had different meanings allowing for varied communication.
Smoke signals were an excellent long distance form of communication and could be seen for miles, even with obstacles such as mountains in the way.
EARLY VERBAL COMMUNICATION
STORYTELLING AND SPEECH
- Story telling was an early verbal only form of communication used to pass on tales of past events, legends, and lessons. Stories were often passed through generations in families and tribes.
- Speech was the purposeful development of distinct sounds that had a meaning. Speech was a more emotional and connecting way to convey thoughts, expressions and information that was developed to spread information effectively.
TYPES OF VISUAL COMMUNICATION
- Symbols were small engravings or drawings with specific meanings
- Drawings were made by either engraving or painting. Drawings varied in size but all conveyed a meaning, showing some aspect of life
TYPES OF MODERN COMMUNICATION
- Alphabets first began appearing around 1700 BC and were used to standardize communication and better link written information with spoken.
- Printing presses and typewriters further advanced communication by making written word faster to reproduce, allowing information to be spread more easily
- Telecommunications allowed sound to be transmitted, allowing verbal communication to be heard far away from the source
- The Internet has further advanced communication by linking the world in one large network capable of transmitting any form of communication to anyone who wishes to access it
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