Brief History of Communication

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  • Period: 187 to Feb 15, 1440

    Literate Epoch

    Second era in media history of civilization. Invention of the phonetic alphabet inaugurated the literate epoch in which common symbols allow people to communicate with writing. (Source)
  • Feb 15, 800

    Beowulf written

    Beowulf written
    Sometime between the 8th and 11th centuries. (Source)
  • Jan 1, 1321

    Divine Comedy completed

    Divine Comedy completed
    The Divine Comedy is an epic poem written by Dante Alighieri between 1308 and his death in 1321. (Source)
  • Period: Jan 1, 1440 to

    Print Epoch

    Third era in media history of civilization. Invention of the printing press made it possible to mass-produce written materials so that reading was no longer restricted to elite members of society. (Source)
  • Feb 15, 1440

    Printing press invented

    Printing press invented
    Invented by Gutenburg in 1440, the printing press led to mechanization of bookmaking and the first mass production of books in history in assembly line-style. (Source)
  • Period: to

    Electronic Epoch

    Fourth era in media history of civilization. The electronic epoch was ushered in by the invention of the telegraph, which made it possible for people to communicate personally across distance. (Source)
  • Morse develops telegraph in US

    Morse develops telegraph in US
    The electromagnetic telegraph is a device for human-to-human transmission of coded text messages. (Source)
  • First electronic computer

    First electronic computer
    The first electronic computers were developed in the mid-20th century (1940–1945). Originally, they were the size of a large room, consuming as much power as several hundred modern personal computers. (Source)
  • Shannon-Weaver model

    Shannon-Weaver model
    Although the originally intended to be used by engineers dealing with information that was void of ìmeaning,î the Shannon-Weaver Model is one of the most popular inter-personal communication models used today.
  • First mobile phone

    First mobile phone
    The first handheld mobile phone was demonstrated by Dr. Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973. (Source)