Media Devices: Then and Now

  • 200,000 BCE

    Rock Carving

    Rock Carving
    So this is the first one, the human-made markings. Human-made markings were placed on natural stone; it is largely synonymous with parietal art. Well, we're all aware that this stuff is a really hard thing to create. It would take a big amount of time, yes, but this would stay as a treasure for thousands of years.
  • 35,000 BCE

    Cave Paintings

    Cave Paintings
    Cave paintings are painted drawings on cave walls or ceilings, mainly of prehistoric origin, dated to some 40,000 years ago (around 38,000 BCE) in Eurasia. These paintings, as for all we know, probably depicted the way how people in this age lived their lives.
  • 2500 BCE

    Papyrus in Egypt

    Papyrus in Egypt
    Papyrus is a material made from the pith or the stems of this sedge, used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans especially to write or paint on. Now, we only see this as a font on the Microsoft Word.
  • 2400 BCE

    Clay Tablets in Mesopotamia

    Clay Tablets in Mesopotamia
    These were used as a writing medium, especially for writing in cuneiform, throughout the Bronze Age and well into the Iron Age.
  • 206 BCE

    Dibao in China

    Dibao in China
    These were a type of publications issued by central and local governments in imperial China. While closest in form and function to gazettes in the Western world, they have also been called "palace reports" or "imperial bulletins".
  • 130 BCE

    Acta Diurna in Rome

    Acta Diurna in Rome
    These were daily Roman official notices, a sort of daily gazette. They were carved on stone or metal and presented in message boards in public places like the Forum of Rome.
  • 220

    Printing Press using Wooden Blocks

    Printing Press using Wooden Blocks
    This is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. For us, who are born in an age where everything was almost invented, it would have been really hard if we're still using this kind of stuff.
  • 1440

    Printing Press

    Printing Press
    This is a device for applying pressure to an inked surface resting upon a print medium (such as paper or cloth), thereby transferring the ink. Typically used for texts, the invention and spread of the printing press was one of the most influential events in the second millennium.
  • 1500

    Codex in the Mayan Region

    Codex in the Mayan Region
    This is a quire of manuscript pages held together by stitching: the earliest form of book, replacing the scrolls and wax tablets of earlier times.
  • News Paper

    News Paper
    This is a printed publication (usually issued daily or weekly) consisting of folded unstapled sheets and containing news, feature articles, advertisements, and correspondence. Up to date, newspapers are still being printed. This is a good provider of news especially when you are not that really inclined with the social media.
  • Tiktok: The Typewriter

    Tiktok: The Typewriter
    This is a mechanical or electromechanical machine for writing characters similar to those produced by printer's movable type. Well, we still have tried using this typewriter since it was still being used in the late 2000s. Up until now, there are only numbers of people who are still using this.
  • It's Ringing: The Telephone

    It's Ringing: The Telephone
    This is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly. A telephone converts sound, typically and most efficiently the human voice, into electronic signals suitable for transmission via cables or other transmission media over long distances, and replays such signals simultaneously in audible form to its user. This has always been a great help to anyone.
  • Motion Picture Photography

    Motion Picture Photography
    This is a sequence of consecutive pictures of objects photographed in motion by a specially designed camera (motion-picture camera) and thrown on a screen by a projector (motion-picture projector) in such rapid succession as to give the illusion of natural movement.
  • Commercial Motion Pictures

    Commercial Motion Pictures
    This is a series of still images which, when shown on a screen, creates the illusion of moving images due to the phi phenomenon. This optical illusion causes the audience to perceive continuous motion between separate objects viewed rapidly in succession. This is always a great help whenever making a number of audience be aware of a specific thing's existence and the likes.
  • Telegraph

    Thi is a system for transmitting messages from a distance along a wire, especially one creating signals by making and breaking an electrical connection.
  • Punch Card

    Punch Card
    This is a card perforated according to a code, for controlling the operation of a machine, used in voting machines and formerly in programming and entering data into computers.
  • Television

    Television is a telecommunication medium used for transmitting moving images in monochrome (black-and-white), or in color, and in two or three dimensions and sound. The term can refer to a television set, a television program ("TV show"), or the medium of television transmission. Today, we're still using this as one of our sources of information. Also, we watch Korean dramas, telenovelas and the likes with the help of this.
  • Large Electronic Computers: EDSAC

    Large Electronic Computers: EDSAC
    This was an early British computer. It was inspired by John von Neumann's seminal First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC. The machine was constructed by Maurice Wilkes and his team at the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory in England. EDSAC was the second electronic digital stored-program computer to go into regular service.
  • Large Electronic Computers: UNIVAC

    Large Electronic Computers: UNIVAC
    This is the name of a line of electronic digital stored-program computers starting with the products of the Eckert-Mauchly Computer Corporation. Later the name was applied to a division of the Remington Rand company and successor organizations. UNIVAC is an acronym for UNIVersal Automatic Computer.
  • Transistor Radio

    Transistor Radio
    This is a small portable radio receiver that uses transistor-based circuitry. Today, we're using evolved radios to listen to our favorite broadcasting stations.
  • Mainframe: IBM 704

    Mainframe: IBM 704
    This is the first mass-produced computer with floating-point arithmetic hardware. The type 704 Electronic Data-Processing Machine is a large-scale, high-speed electronic calculator controlled by an internally stored program of the single address type.
  • OHP

    This is a variant of slide projector that is used to display images to an audience.
  • Motion Picture with Sound

    Motion Picture with Sound
    In the early years after the introduction of sound, films incorporating synchronized dialogue were known as "talking pictures," or "talkies."
  • Personal Computers: Hewlett Packard 9100A

    Personal Computers: Hewlett Packard 9100A
    This was the first technical desktop computer introduced by Hewlett Packard. The 9100 could also be considered a calculator. It did not have an alphanumeric keyboard, and most functions were effectively "programmed under" individual keys on the keyboard, similar to a modern-day non-programmable trigonometric calculator.
  • Personal Computers: Apple 1

    Personal Computers: Apple 1
    The machine was intended for hobbyist that would add ASCII keyboards and displays after buying the bare circuit board. It was not meant to be pre-built with fully-assembled displays and attachments. Jobs insisted it could be done and with the help of Woz, Bill Fernandez (who introduced Jobs to Woz) and Daniel Kottke (a friend of Jobs) they were able to build by hand all 50 of the motherboards on the second-to-last day before their loaned parts were due.
  • LCD Projectors

    LCD Projectors
    This a type of video projector for displaying video, images or computer data on a screen or other flat surface. It is a modern equivalent of the slide projector or overhead projector. Projectors are important in any school-related matter for us!
  • Web Browsers: Mosaic

    Web Browsers: Mosaic
    This is a discontinued early web browser. It has been credited with popularizing the World Wide Web. It was also a client for earlier protocols such as File Transfer Protocol, Network News Transfer Protocol, and Gopher.
  • Web Browser: Internet Explorer

    Web Browser: Internet Explorer
    This is a series of graphical web browsers developed by Microsoft and included in the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems, starting in 1995. It was first released as part of the add-on package Plus! for Windows 95 that year. Up until the Mozilla Firefox existed, we were still using this browser.
  • Search Engines

    Search Engines
    This is a program that searches for and identifies items in a database that correspond to keywords or characters specified by the user, used especially for finding particular sites on the World Wide Web. These search engines are the answer to our prayers! This is purely needed especially when you are doing stuff concerned with your academics.
  • Blog

    This is a discussion or informational website published on the World Wide Web consisting of discrete, often informal diary-style text entries ("posts"). Posts are typically displayed in reverse chronological order, so that the most recent post appears first, at the top of the web page. Blogs give us the freedom to share our experiences, feelings, and the likes in a journal/diary manner.
  • The Year 2000

    The Year 2000
    This isn't actually a crucial part of the history media but we're just putting this here since this is the year when most of us, millennials, are born. During this year, the Internet was already founded (1983), Yahoo's already existing (1995). Phones, televisions, manual printing machines, and the likes were already invented too so we're already born with those things being in our environment.
  • The Birth of Wikipedia

    The Birth of Wikipedia
    We're all aware what Wikipedia is, right? It has been a great help to the students who are looking for a specific meaning for a specific thing. Jimmy Wales was the one who launched Wikipedia. Users write over 20,000 encyclopedia entries in the first year.
  • The Friendly Website, Friendster

    The Friendly Website, Friendster
    Friendster was a pure legend when we're talking about the social networking sites that we had been using since time immemorial. It was made for the users to contact other members, maintain those contacts, and share online content and media with those contacts. But it was then redesigned to be a gaming site. Friendster, you'll forever remain in our hearts.
  • The Infamous Video Call Software, Skype

    The Infamous Video Call Software, Skype
    Skype has been a great help to all of us when we're talking about communicating with our loved ones through video chat, calls, and the likes.
  • The Blogging Site, Wordpress

    The Blogging Site, Wordpress
    WordPress is a free and open-source content management system (CMS) based on PHP and MySQL. WordPress is installed on a web server that is either part of an Internet hosting service or a network host in its own right.
  • The Face of all Social Networking Sites, the Facebook

    The Face of all Social Networking Sites, the Facebook
    Almost everyone in this world is aware of the existence of Facebook. Its more than one billion users make it a cultural, economic and social phenomenon. It has an impact to journalism, communication, business and social relationships. Facebook is also becoming an increasingly important way of obtaining information not only about friends and family but also about world events. Whether it's good or bad is debatable, but the site's impact is unquestionable.
  • Broadbands

    Broadband connections surpass dial-up connections.
  • The Reddit's Birth

    The Reddit's Birth
    Founded in June 2005 by Steve Huffman and Alexis Ohanian, Reddit — known as the front page of the Internet — has climbed its way from zero to hero with over 1.6 billion page views each month. It is now one of the largest websites in the world with one of the most loyal communities online today.
  • The Mother of All Video Sharing Sites, the Youtube

    The Mother of All Video Sharing Sites, the Youtube
    When we talk about videos and stuff, we're already pointing to a specific site, and that is It has become the mother of all video-sharing sites. You see, internet sensations during this time were all first seen here. It is the home of the viral videos. Marketers can use other social media avenues, such as Facebook or Twitter, to direct consumers to YouTube videos as a way of trying to get the videos to catch fire with the public.
  • The Most Favorite App of the Millenials, the Twitter

    The Most Favorite App of the Millenials, the Twitter
    Twitter’s strength is real-time. No other social platform comes close on this front. While Facebook is trying to compete and Snapchat offers a unique perspective on the theme, Twitter remains our best indicator of the wider pulse of the world and what’s happening within it.
  • The First iPhone

    The First iPhone
    It was January 09, 2007 when Apple released its first ever phone. iPhone never became a flop. Since it has been evolving from one design to another, many are getting addicted to using it. It has specs that other brands do not have and that's what makes it great.
  • The Instragram

    The Instragram
    Instagram, as we all know it, is a photo and video sharing application. Similar to Facebook or Twitter, everyone who creates an Instagram account has a profile and a news feed. When you post a photo or video on Instagram, it will be displayed on your profile. Now, we all know this term "IG-able" and that's where it came from. This has been one of the a-must apps that needs to be downloaded on a millennial's phone.