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Evolution of Media

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  • 35,000 BCE

    Pre-Industrial Age (35000 BC)

    People discovered fire, developed paper from plants, and forged weapons and tools with stone, bronze, copper and iron.
  • 35,000 BCE

    Cave Paintings

    Cave Paintings
    Grotte Chauvet in the Ardeche region In prehistoric art, the term "cave painting" encompasses any parietal art which involves the application of color pigments on the walls, floors or ceilings of ancient rock shelters. A monochrome cave painting is a picture made with only one color usually black.
  • 24,000 BCE

    Clay Tablets

    Clay Tablets
    Clay Tablets in Mesopotamia Clay tablets are a writing medium and were historically used in the Ancient Near East especially for writing cuneiform. They were used throughout the Bronze Age and well into the Iron Age. On these tablets writing evolved. The inscriptions were imprinted in the wet clay with a stylus, when written on they were dried and would harden but still remained quite fragile.
  • 2500 BCE


    Papyrus in Egypt Egyptians began to write, about 3000 BC, they wrote from the beginning in ink, on papyrus (pah-PIE-russ). Papyrus is a plant that grows wild all over the Nile river valley, so it is very common in Egypt.
  • 130 BCE

    Acta Diurna

    Acta Diurna
    Acta Diurna in Rome The first proto-newspaper appeared as early as 131 B.C. It was an ancient Roman daily gazette called Acta Diurna (Daily Acts sometimes translated as Daily Public Records). Acta Diurna informed citizens of political and social happenings in ancient Rome.
  • 200


    Dibao in China 2nd Century Dibao literally "reports from the residences", 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".
  • 220

    Printing Press

    Printing Press
    Printing Press using wood blocks
    220 AD Among the most globally significant innovations of the Tang (618–906) and Song (960–1279) dynasties were the inventions of woodblock printing and moveable type, enabling widespread publishing of a variety of texts, and the dissemination of knowledge and literacy. Scholars believe that woodblock printing first appeared in China around 600, probably inspired by the much older use of bronze or stone seals to make impressions on clay and silk.
  • 500


    Codex in the Mayan Region 5th Century
    Maya codices (singular codex) are folding books stemming from the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. These codices were written in Mayan hieroglyphic script on Mesoamerican paper, made from the inner bark of certain trees, the main being the wild fig tree or Amate (Ficus glabrata). The folding books are the products of professional scribes working under the patronage of the Howler Monkey Gods.
  • Newspaper

    The London Gazette The London Gazette is one of the official journals of record of the British government, and the most important among such official journals in the United Kingdom, in which certain statutory notices are required to be published. The London Gazette claims to be the oldest surviving English newspaper and the oldest continuously published newspaper in the UK, having been first published on 7 November 1665 as The Oxford Gazette
  • Industrial Age (1700s-1930s)

    • People used the power of steam, developed machine tools, established iron production, and the manufacturing of various products (including books through the printing press).
  • Typewriter

    Typewriter, any of various machines for writing characters similar to those made by printers’ types, especially a machine in which the characters are produced by steel types striking the paper through an inked ribbon with the types being actuated by corresponding keys on a keyboard and the paper being held by a platen that is automatically moved along with a carriage when a key is struck.
  • Punch cards

    Punch cards
    Early method of data storage used with early computers. Punch cards also known as Hollerith cards and IBM cards are paper cards containing several punched holes that were punched by hand or machine to represent data. These cards allowed companies to store and access information by entering the card into the computer. The picture is an example of a woman using a punch card machine to create a punch card.
  • Telegraph

    an apparatus, system, or process for transmitting messages or signals to a distant place, especially by means of an electric device consisting essentially of a sending instrument and a distant receiving instrument connected by a conducting wire or other communications channel.
  • Telephone

    Telephone, an instrument designed for the simultaneous transmission and reception of the human voice. The telephone is inexpensive, is simple to operate, and offers its users an immediate, personal type of communication that cannot be obtained through any other medium. As a result, it has become the most widely used telecommunications device in the world. Billions of telephone sets are in use around the world.
  • Motion Picture

    Motion Picture
    Motion picture, also called film or movie, series of still photographs on film, projected in rapid succession onto a screen by means of light. Because of the optical phenomenon known as persistence of vision, this gives the illusion of actual, smooth, and continuous movement.
    The motion picture is a remarkably effective medium in conveying drama and especially in the evocation of emotion.
  • OHP, LCD Projectors

    OHP, LCD Projectors
    LCD Projectors
    The Magic lantern was one of the earliest recorded functional projectors in history.These lanterns conveyed images printed on glass slides in which oil lamps and candles served as light sources for the projection.
  • Printing press for mass production

    Printing press for mass production
    19th Century
    A printing press 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
  • Commercial motion pictures

    Commercial motion pictures
    A motion picture with synchronized sound, or sound technologically coupled to image and used in advertising and commercials.
  • Motion picture with sound

    Motion picture with sound
    A sound film is a motion picture with synchronized sound, or sound technologically coupled to image, as opposed to a silent film. The first known public exhibition of projected sound films took place in Paris in 1900, but it would be decades before reliable synchronization was made commercially practical. In the early years after the introduction of sound, films incorporating synchronized dialogue were known as "talking pictures," or "talkies."
  • Electronic Age (1930s-1980s)

    • The invention of the transistor ushered in the electronic age. People harnessed the power of transistors that led to the transistor radio, electronic circuits, and the early computers. In this age, long distance communication became more efficient.
  • Television

    Television or TV 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. Television is a mass medium for entertainment, education, news, politics, gossip, and advertising.
  • Large Electronic Computers

    Large Electronic Computers
    EDSAC (1949)
    Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC) was an early British computer. The machine, having been inspired by John von Neumann's seminal First Draft of a Report on the EDVAC, was constructed by Maurice Wilkes and his team at the University of Cambridge Mathematical Laboratory in England.
  • Large Electronic Computers

    Large Electronic Computers
    • UNIVAC (1951) 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.
  • OHP, LCD Projectors

    OHP, LCD Projectors
    An LCD projector is 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.
  • Transistor Radio

    Transistor Radio
    A transistor radio is a small portable radio receiver that uses transistor-based circuitry. Following their development in 1954, made possible by the invention of the transistor in 1947, they became the most popular electronic communication device in history, with billions[1] manufactured during the 1960s and 1970s. Their pocket size sparked a change in popular music listening habits, allowing people to listen to music anywhere they went.
  • Mainframe computers

    Mainframe computers
    IBM 704
    The IBM 704, introduced by IBM in 1954, 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.
    "the only computer that could handle complex math." The 704 was a significant improvement over the earlier IBM 701 in terms of architecture and implementation.
  • Personal Computers

    Personal Computers
    i.e. Hewlett Packard 9100A (1968)
    The 9100A 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

    Personal Computers
    Apple 1 (1976)
    , also known later as the Apple I, or Apple-1, is a desktop computer released by the Apple Computer Company (now Apple Inc.) in 1976. It was designed and hand-built by Steve Wozniak. Wozniak's friend Steve Jobs had the idea of selling the computer. The Apple I was Apple's first product, and to finance its creation,
  • Web Browsers

    Web Browsers
    Mosaic (1993)
    NCSA Mosaic, or simply Mosaic, 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. Its intuitive interface, reliability, Windows port and simple installation all contributed to its popularity within the web, as well as on Microsoft operating systems
  • Information Age (1900s-2000s)

    • The Internet paved the way for faster communication and the creation of the social network. People advanced the use of microelectronics with the invention of personal computers, mobile devices, and wearable technology. Moreover, voice, image, sound and data are digitalized. We are now living in the information age.
  • Search Engines

    Search Engines
    Yahoo (1995)
    Yahoo! is a web services provider, wholly owned by Verizon Communications through Oath Inc. and headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The original Yahoo! company was founded by Jerry Yang and David Filo in January 1994 and was incorporated on March 2, 1995. Yahoo was one of the pioneers of the early Internet era in the 1990s Marissa Mayer, a former Google executive, served as CEO and President of Yahoo until June 2017.
  • Web Browsers

    Web Browsers
    Internet Explorer (1995)
    Internet Explorer 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
  • Search Engines

    Search Engines
    Google (1996)
    Google is an American multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products. These include online advertising technologies, search, cloud computing, software, and hardware. Google was founded in 1998 by Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
  • Blogs

    Blogspot (1999)
    This search Engine is dedicated to all those who love Blogspot blogs and want to search blogs on blogspot.Search the world's best blogs on this blogspot blog search engine that helps you exactly find blogger blogs that you are looking for on blogpsot. This search engine only focuses on the blogs that are made on blogspot and gives you search results from all the blogger blogs that are available online by searching the blogspot blogs .
  • Blogs

    Live Journal (1999)
    LiveJournal is a Russian (originally American) social networking service where users can keep a blog, journal or diary. A wide variety of political pundits also use the service for political commentary, particularly in Russia, where it partners with the online newspaper As with many other social networks, a wide variety of public figures use the network.
  • Social Networks

    Social Networks
    Friendster (2002)
    Friendster was a social gaming site based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It was originally a social networking service website. Before Friendster was redesigned, the service allowed users to contact other members, maintain those contacts, and share online content and media with those contacts.The website was also used for dating and discovering new events, bands and hobbies. It is considered one of the original and even the "grandfather" of social networks.
  • Blogs

    Wordpress (2003)
    WordPress is an online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.
  • Social Networks

    Social Networks
    Multiply (2003)
    Multiply was a social networking service with an emphasis on allowing users to share media – such as photos, videos and blog entries – with their "real-world" network. The website was launched in March 2004 and was privately held with backing by VantagePoint Venture Partners, Point Judith Capital, Transcosmos, and private investors. Multiply had over 11 million registered users.
  • Video chat

    Video chat
    Skype (2003)
    Skype is an instant messaging app that provides online text message and video chat services. Users may transmit both text and video messages and may exchange digital documents such as images, text, and video. Skype allows video conference calls.
  • Social Networks

    Social Networks
    Facebook (2004)
    Facebook is an American for-profit corporation and an online social media and social networking service based in Menlo Park, California. The Facebook website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg, along with fellow Harvard College students and roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes
  • Video

    Youtube (2005)
    YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California. The service was created by three former PayPal employees – Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim – in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion; YouTube now operates as one of Google's subsidiaries.
    YouTube allows users to upload, view, rate, share, add to favorites, report, comment on videos, and subscribe to other users.
  • Microblogs

    Twitter (2006)
    Twitter is an online news and social networking service where users post and interact with messages, "tweets", restricted to 140 characters. Registered users can post tweets, but those who are unregistered can only read them. Users access Twitter through its website interface, SMS or a mobile device app. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco, California, United States, and has more than 25 offices around the world.
  • (2004) Microblogs

    (2004) Microblogs
    Tumblr (2007)
    Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking website founded by David Karp in 2007, and owned by Oath Inc. The service allows users to post multimedia and other content to a short-form blog. Users can follow other users' blogs. Bloggers can also make their blogs private. For bloggers, many of the website's features are accessed from a "dashboard" interface.
    As of June 1, 2017, Tumblr hosts over 349.3 million blogs.As of January 2016, the website had 555 million monthly visitors.
  • Portable Computers

    Portable Computers
    – Laptops (1980), Netbooks (2008), Tablets (1993)
    A portable computer is a personal computer that is designed to be easily transported and relocated, but is larger and less convenient to transport than a notebook computer. The earliest PCs designed for easy transport were called portables. As the size and weight of most portables decreased, they became known as laptop computer and later as notebook computer. Most of these are special-purpose computers
  • Video chat

    Video chat
    Google Hangouts (2013)
    Google Hangouts is a unified communications service that allows members to initiate and participate in text, voice or video chats, either one-on-one or in a group. Hangouts are built into Google+ and Gmail, and mobile Hangouts apps are available for iOS and Android devices.
  • Smart phones, Wearable technology and Cloud and Big Data

    Smart phones, Wearable technology and Cloud and Big Data
    2000 up to the present 2017
    Wearable technology, wearables, fashionable technology, wearable devices, tech togs, or fashion electronics are smart electronic devices (electronic device with microcontrollers) that can be worn on the body as implant or accessories. The designs often incorporate practical functions and features.