Communication is an essential part of people’s everyday lives. Without it, they would have no way of expressing emotions, questions, desires or knowledge. Even people as far back as 3500 B.C. found ways to communicate with one another.
Although face to face communication is important, the particular form of written communication has been transforming society since the dark ages. In 3500 B.C. the first known writing system was created by the Sumerians in Mesopotamia. It was made up of pictographic symbols but later evolved into syllabic and alphabetic signs. It’s amazing to think that the modern-day alphabet could have originated from such an ancient language!
People continue to use written communication in so many ways thanks to machines like the telegraph, typewriter and printing press. These machines helped exponentially in spreading the influence of written communication. Production of news articles and books increased after their invention which aided in spreading knowledge and information. Platforms like New York Times or Buzzfeed would not exist if it weren’t for the invention of the telegraph, typewriter and printing press. As the years went by, technology continued to advance and so did our methods of consuming written media. The invention of text messaging, iPhone and social media platforms has opened up a new world of digital practicality. Now, anyone can access news feeds online instead of reading a newspaper or even write that news article using a computer instead of a typewriter or printing press. Digital networks and devices have made it easier to access information than ever before.
Written communication has evolved almost as much as people have. It continues to evolve even now, and even though we’re not always conscious of that fact, it’s still important to keep in mind for the future. It’ll be interesting to see what written communication will be like in 30 years.
I apologize for the length. There was a good amount of information I wanted to include.
Most people, when asked wouldn’t know what new media is. It’s being used every day, all over the world and yet no one associates the term “new media” with what it actually is. So what is it? New media is a form of communication using technology to consume, produce and interact with various things. Users are able to have two-way connections through the internet and are able to aquire content on demand. Some examples of new media are web sites, blogs, apps, streaming services and social networks. These are considered new media because a two-way connection can be made, wheras a radio station, for example, can only be used one way. Some scientists also believe that the consumption of new media is fragmented. To elaborate, it is fragmented because people switch between many different devices, apps and services depending on what they want and need. Switching between these things allows media users to be efficient and get the content they want right away. However, not all things about new media are considered “good”. One might spend excessive time on a device or read false information from news sites such as The Onion. It can be hard to keep media consumption safe and healty, which is why the media pyramid was created. The goal is to help people realize which types of media are healthy to consume and which ones arre not. For example, using a device to watch something educational is a healthier way to consume media than using a device to watch a show on Netflix. Doing this not only increases knowledge, but also limits the time spent on other potentially harmful sites or apps. After all, “what you consume counts more than how much you consume” (Donovan, 2018). While it may be difficult to avoid using media altogether, finding healthier ways to consume media is another step towards a better lifestyle and wellbeing.
New media is when users can have two-way interactions through the internet or other services and are able to get content on demand. Some examples of new media are web sites, blogs, apps, streaming services and social networks. These are considered new media because a two-way connection can be made between people, wheras a radio station, for example, can only be used one way (from the station to the listeners). Consumption of new media is fragmented because people use different devices, apps and services depending on what they need or want. They switch between them constantly and efficiently throughout the day. Some healthier ways to consume media would be to use it for educational purposes. Something that you learn from, but still find interesting. It increases your knowledge while also limiting the time you would spend on other forms of media like instagram or video games. It might be difficult to stop using media altogether, but spending time learning about something educational is a good way to make the most out of your media usage time.