Seeing how communications have changed makes the entire world of radio, television, and other forms of media seem all the more impressive.
Two Tin Cans and Some String
Okay, so all of those movies that show people talking through tin cans were a little overdramatic (though admit it, you’ve tried it), they aren’t far from the truth. People used to communicate in very simple ways, with very simple pieces of technology. And why is this? Because they didn’t know any better. For the majority of people, all they knew was the land around them and that means they were the only ones around. So, who would they have to call? Everyone they needed to communicate with was right next them or off on a hunt. No cell phones needed.
Newspapers and Pamphlets
Of course, people innovate and writing suddenly became something that was in vogue. By writing down things, people could pass on information from generation to generation. And that then allowed people to begin to have another form of communicating with others. With the introduction of the printing press and then the mass production of paper, people were able to pass their ideas onto others, and then they passed them on to others…
The Telephone Began the Talking
The telephone and the radio were next in the evolution of communication. This allowed people to talk over greater distances and listen to others. Entertainment was born. While the telephones of the past weren’t anything too special, they were able to connect people who were on the system, allowing for news to be shared more quickly than it could be printed up in a daily newspaper.
Onward into The Modern Days
Now that radio has become somewhat less important and phones can be carried anywhere, it seems that communication has nowhere else to go. The future of communications might be on the Internet, but we’ve yet to figure out what this might look like and how this might change the world around us. You might not get into the radio hall of fame, but the Museum of Broadcast Communications tours might be getting bigger in the future once we figure out new ways to spread the word.