This week we had to reed the first three chapters of BLUR by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosentiel. it was interesting to see how our communication has evolved. I don’t think many people realize fascinating it is. Sadly, this is just a really easy topic to let slip through our minds.The authors explained and we discussed in class that our communication evolved in this order: speech, cave paintings, writing, printing press, telegraph, radio, television, and finally digital technology. Each step that our civilization has taken has gone hand and hand with how our communication has developed. Each step just as important as the next because with each step we took, we become more advanced with technology and how we communicate. One of the transformations that i found very intriguing was cave paintings to writing, because that step in communication is remarkable how we transitioned from communicating through pictures to talking and communication to words which is much more common now.
The other transformation that i was impressed with was radio to television. Why you ask, because going from everyone huddling up around the radio for the nightly news or for a statement from the President. Then the television came in the 1950’s and changed all of that. They could see the news and see their President, and that was a huge change. The nightly news networks became a huge success. This transformation led to our 24/7 news, which some argue is a good thing and some argue it can be bad.
Just sit back for a moment and think about what our generation has then go and ask your grandparents about what they had, and think about how different they were and how fortunate we are and how much different our grandchildren’s generation will be. Thats just how fast our ways of communicating are changing, and its rapidly happening.