Media History

After watching the video titled “Media History” I started to look at media in a new light.  The growth of technology has had a huge impact on the way media is delivered to the public.  It has progressed through five eras: oral, written, print, electronic, and digital communication.  Seeing these eras explained in detail throughout the video made me better understand where media all began.

I tried to look at media differently over the weekend.  I went to the movie theaters on Saturday and as I sat there waiting for the movie “Side Effects” to start; I remembered how it all began.  People used to listen to their friends and family tell stories instead of watch them.  They used their imagination to visualize what was being said.  This oral communication was centered on projection of voice. 

Fast forwarding to today, I feel our society is centered on technology.  Media is delivered through televisions, computers, radios, and cell phones.  Through the development of these devices, news is delivered at a lot quicker pace then in the past.  With the click of a mouse or the press of a button, we can gain all the information we want and need.  This progression of media has both pros and cons to our society, but we need to remember where it all started.

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