How it all began?
The way media is represented nowadays has changed since the era of the internet. News and information are being updated by the second. The word ‘Media’ in itself is a mix-up of many different things that depend on the subject being held at hand.
The word Media comes from the singular word ‘medium’, which is defined as a source of news or information that comes from various yet limited resources. Of course, each resource is different from the other; TV, Radio, newspaper, telephone, mail, and the strongest of all, the internet. The internet is classified as the new media which includes all the above resources presented online in a new digital way.
Before the internet, people used to be connected to each other and the outside world through books, newspaper, mail, and social gatherings. Nowadays, they are replaced by a one-click app such as Facebook, Twitter and many others. Without them, our world as we know it will not have any new incoming information from the outside world. Why? Simple because the internet and social media provide a platform for everyone to deliver their voices in a short yet effective time.
The world of internet holds within an entire world of all types of media. It sets its own rules and regulation (to some extent). In other words, it is an alternative life to those who are seeking one. It is an ocean of information for our all kind of interests; music, art, dancing, cooking, news, games, education and etc… It is even a source of money to people who know to use it efficiently. However, like everything else, when it exceeds its limit of use, it can be addictive and harmful. One should weight the risks along with the benefits it brings along.
Interestingly, Media was manifested in its various ways was early as reading and writing were first thought of in the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD. Ancient Rome used carved stones and metals to deliver governmental announcements and publish in public places. In China, news circulated among the court officials, it was handwritten on silk and read by the government officials.
In the 17th century, the word ‘post’ meant travel bags that contained letters, an unofficial idea to what we know now as ‘a postal system’. The writing of letters as soon as writing began to be established.
When we think of the word ‘magazine’, we immediately think of the newest trends of fashion, but actually, the first magazine majored in philosophy launched in Germany in 1663.
In the 19th century, the idea of Television accrued to a number of people who competed to deliver an invention that would take the place of many previous inventions.
In the 20th century, the first transatlantic two-way radio broadcast occurred in 1906 providing new media for long distance communication which made a big change in the telecommunication world.
Written above is but a drop of the ocean in the world of Media. Next time you hear of a word that is so commonly used and exchanged by many people, ask yourself, where and how did it all begin?