The impact of communications technology over the last one hundred years on The World.
In the beginning came the telegraph. This form of communication was invented in the 1830's in the U.K. The first proper telegraph was not sent until 1845 in the U.K. This led to significant news being able to be sent to a recipient in a short space of time rather than by the old lengthy means of post. During the Second World War the service had to be suspended though. By this time new forms of communications were on their way. Just before the start of the First World War came the birth of the transistor radio as it was then called. This meant that people could for the first time listen to news broadcasts, plays, and music without having to go the shops to buy newspapers and not have to pay in to see expensive shows at the end of the working week. At this time 2 way radios’ also arrived on the scene which meant people could speak to and receive conversations with each other. These 2 new ways of communicating would lead to problems though. Such as a play by Orsen Wells was to prove. The play that sent most of America into a panic when it was broadcast live on Halloween, suffice to say they thought that the World was being invaded by Aliens. This was the power of radio reaching a wide audience, people believed what they heard. With the birth of the telephone meant people could speak to each other directly and in private for the first time over long distances. This meant that people could travel and keep in touch with family and work without having to rely on post or on sending telegraphs which were slow to receive. The problem with this though is that you kind of had to hold a conversation with people even if you didn’t necessarily want to. After the phone came the birth of the television which let’s face it, no one could do without these days. For the first time people could get live news and pictures broadcast straight to their homes over a grainy analogue signal. The World...
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