Evolution of Media

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In History
  • 38,000 BCE

    STONE/CAVE

    STONE/CAVE
    Back then, the hominids carve on stones and caves to create art or write stories. This is also used to record their history.
  • 38,000 BCE

    CLAY TABLET

    CLAY TABLET
    Clay tablets were also used to write stories using the first writing system- the cuneiform, which emerged during the metal age.
  • 38,000 BCE

    FIRE/SMOKE

    FIRE/SMOKE
    Fires back then were used as lights every night as well as a signal to call for people which goes the same way for smoke- just that smokes also give directions.
  • 38,000 BCE

    SIGNAL INSTRUMENTS

    SIGNAL INSTRUMENTS
    Signal instruments like drums, horns, and trumpets were used back then to announce something and catch the attention of other people. They also use this to signal if there is war or feast.
  • 1,600 BCE

    BAMBOO

    BAMBOO
    Before the widespread use of paper, Chinese used bamboo or wooden slips in order to keep record of their writings. The Chinese do bamboo inscription by writing the characters on each slip vertically then combine these wooded slips.
  • -100 BCE

    PAPER

    PAPER
    The earliest extant paper fragment was unearthed at Fangmatan in Gansu province of China, and was likely part of a map. The papers started by Cai Lun, an eunuch official, were made of berries and fine fibers that makes them less expensive compared to silk.
  • 1500

    CAMERA OBSCURA

    CAMERA OBSCURA
    The camera obscura, which is a Latin for dark room, is considered to be the first camera with a pin hole in it by Arab physicist Ibn al-Haytham (Alhazen)
  • PRINT MEDIA

    PRINT MEDIA
    Print media like newspapers, books, and magazines were prevalent during these time. This was the time when the King James Bible was published in England. In addition, numerous printing press' were introduced.
  • PHOTOGRAPH

    PHOTOGRAPH
    Louis Daguerre went on to develop the daguerreotype process, the first publicly announced and commercially viable photographic process. It was commercially introduced in 1839, a date generally accepted as the birth year of practical photography. Robert Cornelius, self-portrait, October or November 1839, an approximately quarter plate size daguerreotype. On the back is written, "The first light picture ever taken".
  • TELEGRAPH

    TELEGRAPH
    An electrical telegraph was independently developed and patented in the United States in 1837 by Samuel Morse. It was only later, in 1844, that he sent the message "WHAT HATH GOD WROUGHT" from the Capitol in Washington to the old Mt. Clare Depot in Baltimore.
  • TYPEWRITER

    TYPEWRITER
    Christopher Latham Sholes invented the first typewriter, and in 1868, it was patented. Most were big and bulky. This changed people's jobs and how they worked. It seemed more organized and fast-paced for them.
  • TELEPHONE

    TELEPHONE
    Alexander Graham Bell invented and patented the first telephone that did work reliably. The first successful telephone call happened on March 10, 1876 wherein Alexander told his assistant, Thomas Watson: "Mr. Watson--come here--I want to see you."
  • PHONOGRAPH

    PHONOGRAPH
    "In December, 1877, a young man came into the office of the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN, and placed before the editors a small, simple machine about which very few preliminary remarks were offered. The visitor without any ceremony whatever turned the crank, and to the astonishment of all present the machine said: "Good morning. How do you do? How do you like the phonograph?" The machine thus spoke for itself, and made known the fact that it was the phonograph..." That young man was Thomas Alva Edison.
  • MEGAPHONE

    MEGAPHONE
    The term ‘megaphone’ was not coined until Thomas Edison developed a variant of Kircher’s device in 1878 in hopes of benefiting the deaf and hard of hearing. With his megaphone, a loud whisper could be heard a thousand feet away. Unfortunately his megaphone was considered too large and not portable to be used frequently.
  • RADIO

    RADIO
    Over several years starting in 1894 the Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi built the first complete, commercially successful wireless telegraphy system based on airborne Hertzian waves (radio transmission).
  • TELEVISION

    TELEVISION
    The world’s first electronic television was created by a 21 year old inventor named Philo Taylor Farnsworth. That inventor lived in a house without electricity until he was age 14. Starting in high school, he began to think of a system that could capture moving images, transform those images into code, then move those images along radio waves to different devices.The first image ever transmitted by television was a simple line.
  • COMPUTER

    COMPUTER
    In 1946 the first computer was announced. It was called ENIAC, which stood for Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer. ENIAC took up a large room and required several people to operate.
  • POLAROID

    POLAROID
    Edwin Land invented the Polaroid camera which could take a picture and print it in about one minute.
  • VIDEO TAPE RECORDER

    VIDEO TAPE RECORDER
    Charles Ginsberg, an researcher at Ampex Corporation, invented the videotape recorder in 1951. The contraption worked by taking live images from cameras and converting them into electrical impulses stored on magnetic tape.
  • PC

    PC
    In 1981, the first PC was introduced. Microsoft introduced Word word-processing, and planned to create Windows. The PC has a keyboard, monitor, and the actual computer screen. From here on, computers only got more advanced with speed, and accuracy.
  • MOBILE PHONE

    MOBILE PHONE
    Motorola was the first company to produce a handheld mobile phone. On April 3, 1973, Martin Cooper, a Motorola researcher and executive, made the first mobile telephone call from handheld subscriber equipment, placing a call to Dr. Joel S. Engel of Bell Labs, his rival. In 1983, the DynaTAC 8000x was the first commercially available handheld mobile phone.
  • DIGITAL CAMERA

    DIGITAL CAMERA
    Kodak released the first professional digital camera system (DCS) which was of a great use for photojournalists. It was a modified Nikon F-3 camera with a 1.3 megapixel sensor.
  • WEBCAM

    WEBCAM
    In 1991, too many trips to an empty coffee pot led Dr. Quentin Stafford-Fraser and Paul Jardetzky to invent the world’s first webcam to help late night studiers and programmers keep an eye on coffee levels.
  • SMARTPHONE

    SMARTPHONE
    The Ericsson R380 by Ericsson Mobile Communications. The first device marketed as a "smartphone", it was a PDA that supported telephony, limited Web browsing with a resistive touchscreen, utilizing a stylus
  • TABLET PC

    TABLET PC
    In 2002, original equipment manufacturers released the first tablet PCs designed to the Microsoft Tablet PC specification. This generation of Microsoft Tablet PCs were designed to run Windows XP Tablet PC Edition, the Tablet PC version of Windows XP.
  • Period:
    38,000 BCE
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    -100 BCE

    Pre-Historic Age

  • Period:
    1500
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    Industrial Age

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    Electronic Age

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    Information Age