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Traditional and New Media

  • Period: 35,001 BCE to

    Prehistoric Age

    During prehistoric time, life was simple compared to how we live today. During the Stone Age, prehistoric people also used these crude stone tools to create objects, which are now considered rock art.
  • 35,000 BCE

    Cave Paintings

    Cave Paintings
    Cave paintings are a type of parietal art, found on the wall or ceilings of caves.
  • 2500 BCE


    Papyrus was used as a writing material as early as 3,000 BC in ancient Egypt, and continued to be used to some extent until around 1100 AD. In ancient times, several sheets of papyrus were joined end to end to form a roll.
  • 2400 BCE

    Clay Tablets

    Clay Tablets
    In the Ancient Near East, clay tablets were used as a writing medium, especially for writing in cuneiform, throughout the Bronze Age and well into the Iron Age. Cuneiform characters were imprinted on a wet clay tablet with a stylus often made of reed.
  • 130 BCE

    Acta Diurna

    Acta Diurna
    Acta Diurna 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. They were also called simply Acta. In many ways, they functioned like an early newspaper for the Roman citizenry.
  • 200


    Dibao, literally "reports from the [official] residences", were a type of publications issued by central and local governments in imperial China, which was the only official government newspaper published by the ancient Chinese central government in different dynasties.
  • 500


    The codex was the historical ancestor of the modern book. Instead of being composed of sheets of paper, it used sheets of vellum, papyrus, or other materials. The term codex is often used for ancient manuscript books, with handwritten contents.
  • Period: to

    Industrial Age

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

    A Popham semaphore was a single fixed vertical 30 foot pole, with two movable 8 foot arms attached to the pole by horizontal pivots at their ends.
  • Typewriter

    A typewriter is a mechanical or electromechanical machine for typing characters. Typically, a typewriter has an array of keys, and each one causes a different single character to be produced on paper by striking an inked ribbon selectively against the paper with a type element.
  • Telegraph

    The first two practical electric telegraphs appeared at almost the same time. In 1837 the British inventors Sir William Fothergill Cooke and Sir Charles Wheatstone obtained a patent on a telegraph system that employed six wires and actuated five needle pointers attached to five galvanoscopes at the receiver
  • Telephone

    A telephone 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 that are transmitted via cables and other communication channels to another telephone which reproduces the sound to the receiving user
  • Phonograph

    A phonograph, in its later forms also called a gramophone or since the 1940s called a record player, is a device for the mechanical and analogue recording and reproduction of sound.
  • Radio

    n 1895, a young Italian named Gugliemo Marconi invented what he called “the wireless telegraph” while experimenting in his parents' attic. He used radio waves to transmit Morse code and the instrument he used became known as the radio.
  • Period: to

    Electronic Age

    The electronic age is also known as the information age or the digital age. It began around the 1970s and continued till the present day. This is a period of transition from traditional industry to an economy based on information computerization.
  • Walkie Talkie

    Walkie Talkie
    The walkie-talkie was first invented in 1937 by the Canadian Don Hings, with many similar devices being developed by other inventors around the same time. The devices weren't initially known as 'walkie-talkies' and were first created to help pilots communicate effectively.
  • Photocopier

    A photocopier is a machine that makes copies of documents and other visual images onto paper ... and, in 1938, he applied for a patent for the process.
  • Cassette Tape

    Cassette Tape
    The Compact Cassette or Musicassette (MC), also commonly called the tape cassette,[2] cassette tape, audio cassette, or simply tape or cassette, is an analog magnetic tape recording format for audio recording and playback
  • Mobile Phone

    Mobile Phone
    A mobile phone, cellular phone, cell phone, cellphone, handphone, or hand phone, sometimes shortened to simply mobile, cell or just phone, is a portable telephone that can make and receive calls over a radio frequency link while the user is moving within a telephone service area.
  • Period: to

    Information Age

    The Information Age (also known as the Computer Age, Digital Age, or New Media Age) is a historical period that began in the mid-20th century, characterized by a rapid epochal shift from the traditional industry established by the Industrial Revolution to an economy primarily based upon information technology.
  • Compact Disc

    Compact Disc
    The compact disc (CD) is a digital optical disc data storage format that was co-developed by Philips and Sony to store and play digital audio recordings.
  • Internet

    a global computer network providing a variety of information and communication facilities, consisting of interconnected networks using standardized communication protocols.
  • Friendster

    Friendster was a social network game based in Mountain View, California, founded by Jonathan Abrams and launched in March 2003.
  • Multiply

    Multiply was a social networking service with an emphasis on allowing users to share media – such as photos, videos and blog entries.
  • Facebook

    Facebook is a website which allows users, who sign-up for free profiles, to connect with friends, work colleagues or people they don't know, online.
  • Twitter

    Twitter is a social media site, and its primary purpose is to connect people and allow people to share their thoughts with a big audience.
  • Instagram

    Instagram allows users to edit and upload photos and short videos through a mobile app.