Text Box: This section of the TalkifUwant website was originally developed in circa (ca) 2002-2004. The intention of a “communication” platform is to take a look at the way that humans have moved through “talk” from ages of old, to modern day. Communication and technology, while ever changing in many respects, is only a reflection of everything that “we” see.  From the first etchings on the walls of caves, man’s ability to express intellect (the views of a past and the visions of a future) is largely hidden in those little drawings that we call words (a letter, for example, is simply an icon).

These “communication” pages, updated as recently as 2012, offer a few insights and view points that are largely qualitative in nature, centered around what has changed, what has stayed the same, and what happens to a generation consumed by huge amounts of information every day.  It’s tempting to just say that “there’s the good, the bad and the …” (ugly, right?) - when more simply put—it just begins with diagrams, plans, drawings—and WORDS. 

As you skim the communication commentary, you’ll find some text book references and a few links that elaborate on or support various points that are made (some have changed due to platform advancements, and those good ole’ “page 404 error” messages that add to the conundrum of digital stress.  Please use the links that are posted throughout the site—information is everywhere on the web involving communication and technology.  Here you will find a glimpse of what other sites have to offer—and some of tidbits and historical blurbs along the way might just be a bit fun!

It may no longer (in 2012 at the last update here) seem a bit odd to find hard copy textbook references on a web site; but in 2002 when this communications page was originally developed—it wasn’t so very common.  If that surprises you, there’s “virtual talk” (what you’re reading now) of cave men and pencils (some things never really have to change)! Sure, some of this “stuff” can seem out of date (and I’m sure you’ll hit a few dead links along the way—just the kind that the author imagines serve to aggravate the guru’s of Google and Bing in their incredulous spider grabbing efforts); “dead links” - think about what even those two words might have meant in 1980.  Given that communication has reached an awesome level in its ability to be shared and passed from one person to the next (digital mental health counseling services were unheard of in 2004) - who knows what’s next?  Wireless printers, Bluetooth, and “the cloud” (searcy Microsoft’s SkyDrive as one example).  Even so, traditional text books (you may want to go to your local library and check one out) and pencils (you still use them, don’t you?) have a place of permanence in the study of communication (the new library branches of Leon County tell yet another simultaneous—current and repetitive—old kind of story; books are still on the shelf—that’s one story).

But don’t worry, we’re not stuck in the dark ages here either.  If you’re content to have the world of information at your fingertips, we think you’ll enjoy the benefits of checking out books via an electronic library found at the service that used to be (ca. 2004-2011) known as Net Library (anyone remember when THAT was cool?) (now converted to EBSCOhost).  E-books are a wonderful place to get electronic books (both in and out of print), and you can “check out” a book in the E-book format without leaving your virtual access point (the good ole’ PC / Mac).  As you already know DROID, Mac, Iphones, tablets, EBook Readers, and other little “goodies” are all about us.  Hot spots used to be those warm things we experienced on sunny days (or maybe it was when “hottie” was near)…..today (ca. 2010-2012) hotspots are the ways we all get to the web using a cell phone!

Tweets, blogs, social networks, TV online, and “...Tube” — it’s a busy and an amazing world.  Facebook numbers something like 500 million users (that’s a greater number than every living human in the US, given the 2010 census).  Think about this: we have more FB users than owners of a refrigerator!

In any case, when it comes to communication and technology, this review of the literature (and it was outdated in 2004, 2006, 2010 and in 2012) suggests that both have been around for as long as people have been around.  Even while the word technology is a modern term, it applies to humankind’s ability to foster new and better ways to communicate in every generation.  In the 1940’s hypnosis emerged as a concept largely based upon a key ingredient: the use of language to alter the mind’s eye.  But technology and communication is not without growing pains, as you’ll find out while “surfing” a bit here.

Enjoy the “talk” site.  If you have comments, suggestions, or just wish to communicate, please contact us by using the links found at the bottom of each page.  And thanks for stopping by.
Text Box: The Way We Communicate—Iconography—How Technology Affects Learning—
Text Box: Communication in Modern Times
Text Box: Alexander Bain, in 1843, first  proposed the idea of using a facsimile transmission, but even more interesting is that in 1921 the company Western Union transmitted the first “wirephoto.”  In 2004 the wirephoto link was a neat “find” — now it’s all showing up in Wikipedia!
Wire transmission of photographs would later (in 1935) be picked up by such companies as the Associated Press where single photos would be simultaneously wired to different newspapers.


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See the animations?  This stuff used to be cutting edge!

Here that music?  (Yeah I know—sorry about that)!  It’s a Microsoft thingy —  web based sound files were pretty cool in the late 90’s. 

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