From the Code of Hammurabi to “I Love You, 3000:” Tracking the Trend of Communication From Ancient Times to The Future

By: Colleen Calizo, Matthew Palabrica, and Angeline Tupas

If we look back through history, we can see how early forms of communication and media were made for a main purpose: to keep records. Examples of these are artifacts like the Rosetta Stone and the Code of Hammurabi.. Instead of using paper, people wrote upon rock. These tools for inscription therefore allowed information to be preserved for succeeding generations to know. Aside from record-keeping, communication can also be described to contribute to an individual’s imagination. This is seen in the impact of storytelling, specifically through its visual nature (Sturm, 1999). Ong (2002) describes storytelling as the only way to disseminate and consume information.

The Code of Hammurabi

As these trends gradually evolve, it wouldn’t be surprising if five decades from now, we will find people in chips forever frozen in a single moment. This may become a new way of recording a piece of ourselves in history, or a means of preserving storytelling. Reliance on orality and visual references will be high as texts and written words decrease and slowly fade, but interpersonal communication will no longer be needed as people know you through your profiles in different platforms (Guaita, 2017). This prediction is drawn from a current trend in communication, which is the development of memes. In terms of conveying content, the subjects of memes can range from everyday humor to socially-relevant satire. It’s an expanding world of meaning in itself. Maybe in the future we’ll see something like Tony Stark’s goodbye hologram message to her daughter

To conclude, the future of communication seems to point to humanity becoming more and more intertwined with technology. Through the internet, we can see how there is a gradual replacement of oral and written modes by digital forms such as memes. Forms of communication will therefore deviate from the traditional mediums and develop into immortalizing particular speeches, moments, and even people in time. 


References:

Guaita, J. G. (2017). How will we communicate in the future?. Ferrovial Blog. Retrieved from https://blog.ferrovial.com/en/2017/10/communication-of-the-future-prediction/

Ong, W. (2005). The Orality of Language. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis Group.

Sturm, B. (1999). The Enchanted Imagination: Power to Entrance Listeners. School Library  Media Research, 2(1), 8. Retrieved from https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjf1N7xiLzkAhUbUN4KHeqcBfoQFjAAegQIAhAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fpdfs.semanticscholar.org%2F9d70%2Fbdcdc34e402b5f856073df860e04b627daec.pdf&usg=AOvVaw1GZ39CgmVIfUqVwssNDxUC


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