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Technology-media convergence | Digital Communication

Technology-media convergence | Digital Communication

Technology and media convergence

The ancient era in communication is over. A new digital communication technology has emerged. A new electronic super highway has come into existence globally as voice, video and data converge. As a result of this convergence a new array of digital, multimedia and interactive communication technologies has come into existence.

Human history is replete with preliminary attempts that act as the basic for all human communication. We have always used verbal and nonverbal language for communicating. The written forms of communication evolved over time as verbal language was better organized into different components such as lexicons and syntaxes. Written communication eventually progressed from symbolic drawings and photographs. However, even at this point of time, communication essentially remained one-way.

 

Technology and media convergence

Telegraphy became the first remote communications method. Using a telegraph one could instantaneously transmit text characters to a remote receiver. Morse code was one of the common translation used for transmitting letters and numbers and they could be easily decoded at the remote end by a morse decoder i.e. a trained human operator. The operator would listen to the clicks of at the other end and decode the message. Eventually, a constant –length coded representation became the concept used for storing, retrieving and transmitting of text/information by computer in the modern era. Telegraphy and media convergence was the first generation of communication and though it was a new and very efficient method for critical business communications, it brought about very little change in the lives of the common man.

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