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Chapter 1 Mass Communication

posted Aug 29, 2011, 6:46 AM by Blake Boggs   [ updated Aug 29, 2011, 7:19 AM ]
Chapter 1 Mass Communication
    Mass media is the news, talk, and interaction of everyone in the world and how they communicate. It has been around since the beginning of time itself it seems like when it was just passed on by people talking to one another. In the middle of the 15th century, printing was starting to become huge. This would be the first major step into mass media. Printing allowed news to get out to more people at one time. The more people read, the more people talked to one another, faster the news moved. So at this time, this was a huge step for the media.
    Printing held its ground for a very long time, being the only change in media technology for about 400 years. Then, one piece of technology would change the media for life. This technology was called the telegraph, which sent dot-dash electronic signals. It changed media history, making transportation to spread media, unneeded. Messages were able to be sent instantly. This old piece of technology was the beginning of the modern age technology today. After the telegraph was made, the radio would be made, the fax machine, and the cell phone which we all use today.
    Communication has became so easy, that it's kind of scary thinking about how easy you can get ahold of someone or spread news. One of the biggest ways of spreading news in the world today is social media. And even a bigger name that follows that is Facebook. Facebook has more than 500 million users and is one of the biggest sites on the internet today. People tend to see news on Facebook before they even see it on the news, that goes to show you how far media technology has came.
    Do you think the map or the skyscraper shows better of our culture today?