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Communication in a Changing World

Updated on January 24, 2013
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Prehistoric Communication

In our changing world our methods of communication seem to be forever changing. Away back in the mists of prehistoric time there were message sticks in Australia, smoke signals in America, bonfires along the coast in Britain and drums in Papua New Guinea and Africa. Some of these are still in existence today, although they may be used for different purposes.

Communication in early History, 30,000 - 37 B.C.

The oldest visible communications are cave paintings from about 30,000 years ago. Pictograms have been found from 9,000 B.C. The first written communications to be preserved have been dated from around 4,000 B.C. I read somewhere that the first messages were sent by runners, by men delivering messages on horseback in a relay system, and by canoe and boat. In some places, such as the Islands of Papua New Guinea, letters are still delivered by canoe and boat, even today.

The first recorded pigeon post was in 776 B.C. The first mail was sent around 500 B.C. Things did not change very quickly in those days. Heliograph messages, by flashing mirrors, were recorded in 37 B.C.

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Methods of Communication Were Evolving

Slowly, other methods of communication were evolving. As early as the fourth century A.D. stained glass windows were used in churches. Many people could not read and write and the Biblical scenes these beautiful windows portrayed the stories to the people in a way they could understand. Frescoes and other paintings were also used to decorate churches and important buildings.

Paintings and writing were not the only means of communication, and by the Middle Ages we hear of the wandering minstrels who carried news from one town or castle to the next and delivered it by singing. Some Asian fishermen still use this method of communicating; in some language groups as many as eight tones are used and where words would not carry across the water, the musical tones of the language are easily understood.

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The Escalation of Communication

The spreading of news seems to have been a catalyst for increasing the speed of communication. In Europe, with the invention of the printing press in the 1650s books and newspapers became more readily available and more and more people learned to read and write. However, letters were still delivered by hand.

It was not until the 1790s that modern semaphore developed. This was followed by Morse code in 1835. As electricity and other discoveries and inventions began to escalate, the electrical telegraph began in 1838. In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone and the wireless, or radio, came into being in 1896.

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The Deluge

The twentieth century signalled the beginning of the deluge. There was the beginning of television in 1927 and the first computers in 1969. Mobile phones began in 1981, followed by emails the next year. Surely there was nothing else to come? But, yes. While computers, telephones and mobile phones were all becoming smaller and more available, the end of the century saw the introduction in 1998 of the satellite phones.

Now we have wireless technology and who knows what will come next? Change seems to be the common factor. Just as soon as we begin to master some new technology, it shortly becomes 'old hat' and there is something new to grapple with.

Some Communication Methods Don't Change

Don't despair! There is a method of communication that never changes. Do you know about the technology that never changes and yet is the most up-to-date method of communication? It is the best ever! it is always available - and it is free.

3-G,

It's wireless,

No batteries to go flat,

Does not even need a password,

Does not need a simcard,

No mobile phone,

3-G.



3-G is:

God the Father who loves us,

God the Son who saves us,

God the Holy Spirit who guides us.


YES! The method of communication that is always there for us is PRAYER!

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    • BlossomSB profile imageAUTHOR

      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Movie Master: I'm glad you enjoyed it, Lesley. It was fun researching and writing it.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      A wonderful and meaningful article Blossom, I love how you have written this, thank you.

      Voted up, best wishes Lesley

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Yes. I can remember my elderly Grandmother yelling into the big, cumbersome wall-phone as if she thought they could not hear from a few miles away. In a relatively short time, so much has happened in the area of communication technology. I wonder what it will be next?

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      This is a good history of communication BlossomSB - Technology has certainly changed the way we communicate. I'm sure people of yesteryear wouldn't have imagined I could communicate instantaneously with someone from another country just by pressing some buttons.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for your comments. I think HubPages is such a great place to share.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I do so agree that we seem to get inundated with technology so that there is hardly any time left to meet people face to face. I always think of that saying:' No man is an island' and that goes for women, too. God meant us to be sociable beings. Thank you for your vote.

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      Dora Weithers 

      6 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great article. Great conclusion -- prayer, available and free in every age to everyone. Thanks for sharing.

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      savanahl 

      6 years ago

      Great hub on communication. I sometimes wish we could go back to smoke signals..ha ha. At least that way you can get face to face with someone to talk instead of the dreaded text or email. I also lover your 3-G. Voted up and awesome.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Capedium: I'm so glad it was helpful. I agree with you that prayer is for always, so long as we keep our communication lines to God open.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Drtruthman: Bless you! Thank you for your comments. Yes, HubPages is such a great way to be able to link up with similar-minded people around the world.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      There's always so much to learn 'out there' and it's fun finding out information. There was so much that I left some out, e.g. I didn't mention the US 'pony express.' Thank you for your positive comments.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Writer20: Yes, communication technology seems to change so quickly that we tend to forget what happened along the way. I wonder about today's youngsters, too. I hope that normal conversation does not become a thing of the past. Thank you for your vote.

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      Ov Overo 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Being long I read from you.. Reading this hub just show clear that I have being missing alot.. This hub is really enlighten.. Prayer never wears out.. Thanks for sharing... May God continue to inspire you..

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      Drtruthman 

      6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Oh not to worry Blossom, just wanted you to know I voted you mostly up and didn't want to insult such a quality article by saying it was funny. You do marvelous work. I am very glad to know a fellow believer from "Down Under". God bless you Blossom.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Your poem is beautiful as well as very meaningful. The history of communication is outstanding. I learned so much. The thought of America only having smoke signals at first is fascinating to me..Thank you for sharing..

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      mours sshields: Prayer certainly is the best and how important it is to keep that communication open and ongoing. Blessings.

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Great hub, I started douting you when mobile phones came in. I had to put on my thinking cap and yes you are so right those big heavy ones. I wonder what will happen with todays youngsters texting all the time with no actual communication. Voted almost all the way across, Joyce.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Drtruthman: I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, it did take me quite a while to write as I needed to check dates and things. Sorry I didn't add anything funny, must try, next hub.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Frank Atanacio: I know what you mean. Sometimes I think it would good to leave all the technology behind and run away, but then, it is good to be able to keep in touch with friends, too.

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      mours sshields 

      6 years ago from Elwood, Indiana

      Very good! And, of course prayer is the best!!

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      Drtruthman 

      6 years ago from Harlingen, Texas

      Wow Blossom, very interesting and great research and insight. I enjoyed your Hub much. Communication has really changed. I voted UP all across except for funny. Good job.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      Blossom a very good Hub.. I'll tell you I liked it better when it was hard to track me down.. now.. no matter what anyone can find me :( good share

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