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.