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History of Communication Center

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WIINDMILL PRESS (Canadian publisher of media literacy books and resources)

Welcome to the History of Communication Center! Most of the information you'll find here is taken from Bill Jawitz's excellent media literacy textbook Understanding Mass Media (National Textbook Company, 1996).

The amount of technological change that takes place in a set number of years almost doubles. For example, from 1850 to 1950, the United States experienced tremendous growth in the area of communications, factory production, medicine, and almost every other technology-based industries. Since 1950, we have matched that amount of technological growth in less than half as many years! And predictions are that the 20-year period from 1990 to 2010 will bring another doubling of technological change!

Clearly, we live in an era of human history where huge changes take place from one generation to the next. We take granted the fact that hwe use technologies our grandparents didn't have, and that our children will use technologies that don't yet exist. Yet the pace of change was not always this fast. It was often hundreds of years and many generations between technological advancements. The following timeline presents some of the highlights in the development of communications technologies:

History of Communication

Tens of thousands of years ago: Speech

4000 B.C.: Pictographic Writing (Hieroglypics)

1500 B.C.:Alphabetic writing

1450 A.D.:Printing Press

1835: Photography

1844: Telegraph

1876: Telephone, phonograph

1894: Wireless telegraph

1895: Silent Movies

1922: Radio broadcasts

1927: Sound movies

1930: Magnetic recording tape, full colour printing

1935: Colour movies

1939: Pocket paper back books

1940: Black and White TV broadcasts

1945: Modern computers

1947: LP (long-playing) Records

1954: Transistor radios

1960: Colour TV broadcasts, photocopiers

1962: Satellite communications, cassette tapes

1965: Local Cable TV

1972: VCRs

1973: Fax (Facsimile)Machines

1977: Apple II Home Computers

1978: Laser disks

1979: Personal stereos (Walkman)

1980: Home laser printers

1983: CDs (Compact Discs), fiber optics, camcorders, cell phones

1988: Digital audiotapes

1990: High definition TV, digital photography

1991: CD-ROM

1993: Videophones, digital radio, Mini-discs

1994: Internet access

1998: MP-3 Technology (Compressed sound files)