The value of communication at every level is astronomical. It’s through communication that civilisations were built, societies have been able to thrive, and democracy flourish. The value of good communication today is improved productivity, better relationships, and increased engagement. No company, organisation, or social relationship can thrive without effective communication.
However, the means to communicate today, are very different to the means of communication from decades, centuries, and millenniums ago. Communication has evolved, and here’s its journey and just how far it’s come…
The Dawn of Communication
The revolution of communication can be traced to the origin of language – a topic of great speculation and mystery. There’s significant debate surrounding how far back language dates, and whether it surpasses our origins, about 200,000 years ago, and if so, by how much. However, other forms of early communication are somewhat easier to date.
The oldest animal cave painting ever discovered was in Borneo, and researchers believe that it’s at least 40,000 years old. Explorers have discovered cave paintings all over the world, dating them to roughly between 14,000 and 40,000 years old. During the period of cave painting, and after, petroglyphs also began to emerge, differing from cave paintings in the fact that they were carved into rock instead of painted.
From cave paintings and petroglyphs, came three new types of communication: pictograms, ideograms, and in more recent history, phonograms. Pictograms involve using multiple symbols to depict an activity or idea, ideograms use one symbol to depict an idea, while phonograms use a symbol to depict a sound.
Over the course of thousands of years, primitive means of communication eventually evolved into writing systems, such as the alphabet. The alphabet that we know today is an evolution of ancient Egyptian writing – hieroglyphs.
The Rise of Technology
Technology has been instrumental in the evolution of communication, at least in terms of modern communication. Between 100 AD and 1900 AD, communication capabilities exploded, with the invention of pens, paper, the telephone, and the radio. However, this expansion is nothing compared to the last 100 years.
In the 1900s to the present day, communication has become almost unrecognisable in comparison to primitive methods. Televisions, video games, and mobile phones have altered the way that we can communicate audio and visuals. In much more recent history, the internet has stepped in to broaden communication further. Websites, blogs, and social networks all help to connect individuals and give them a platform to communicate.
Today, there are applications and platforms galore for communicating with friends, family, colleagues, and complete strangers. As the whole world shifts towards global interconnection and the demand for specialist communication strengthens, our ability to communicate with others continues to evolve.
Communication of the Future: Taking Communication to the Next Level
Communication has already come a long way from the origins of language and the first cave paintings, but it’s set to go even further. The popular methods of communication today – namely digital communication through social media – are being revolutionised for a modern audience.
The Collate Loop is a prime example of how modern communication is still evolving to fit the needs of communities today. The platform allows school stakeholders to establish their own digital community; a private platform for direct communication between every stakeholder that’s involved in an ongoing conversation about school life.
Though this modern technology, communication becomes more direct and productive. Governors can talk directly to head teachers, parents can talk to teachers, and students can communicate in a safe space, all through a single private system. This dedicated communication network can expand engagement in education, improving opportunities for a new generation.
Communication has evolved to make it easier for communities around the world to share ideas, create strategies, and grow. Today, communication is evolving with the same concepts, but in a very different way.
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