Media Technology Timeline

Timeline created by lmrussell92
  • Jan 1, 1439

    Invention of the printing press

    Invention of the printing press
    This allowed for mass production of documents allowing ideas to spread. However, at this time, most people could not read
  • Publication of the first journal

    Publication of the first journal
    Published by Scientists and Engineers, this allowed ideas to be shared and advanced science. At this time a lot of people still could not read.
  • First magazine published

    First magazine published
    Technology improved to allow monthly printing. General interest in these magazines showed that more people could now read, however many still couldn't
  • First newspaper published in the UK

    First newspaper published in the UK
    Technology now allows daily printing. People can find out what happened yesterday nationally. Creates supporters for printing.
  • First telephone invented (for businesses only)

    First telephone invented (for businesses only)
    People can communicate in real time over long distances in commerce
  • Home phones become available

    Home phones become available
    Home telephones become available to those who can afford one. This allows the public to communicate.
  • First BBC Radio Broadcast

    First BBC Radio Broadcast
    Government owned broadcasting - first mass media transmittied directly to peoples homes. Millions of people buy radios.
  • BBC Broadcast Television in the UK

    BBC Broadcast Television in the UK
    Very powerful media - able to share opinions. New role of TV News Reporters. BBC inform, educate and entertain. 24 million used today
  • Internet is invented

    Internet is invented
    Internet invented by the US military so that if one base was destroyed, the others could still communicate.
  • Cable TV widely available in the UK

    Cable TV widely available in the UK
    This allows for the transmission of hundreds of channels. Also lays groundwork for broadband.
  • Satellite in the UK

    Satellite in the UK
    Very high technology developments allows for even more channels to be broadcast, live and direct from scene of events - wars, riots and so on. 10,000,000 people subscribe to satellite.
  • First text message was sent

    First text message was sent
    The most popular of instant communication was invented. 1 billion texts were sent per week.
  • First public available world wide web

    First public available world wide web
    This allowed people to search for information and buy things via the internet
  • First mobile phone in the UK becomes available

    First mobile phone in the UK becomes available
    The first mobile phones in the UK, costing around £2,000 became available. They were mainly used for business and had a talk time limit of 30 minutes. They weighed around 1kg.
  • 3G Mobile Available

    3G Mobile Available
    Allows recording and films on your mobile. Anyone can become a reporter - able to record images and upload them for good or bad use
  • Web 2.0 Invented

    Web 2.0 Invented
    By now the internet has become about social networking - MySpace and Bebo
  • 4G Mobile Available

    4G Mobile Available
    High speed internet is now available for access to anyone with a smartphone mobile phone.