A Brief Look at Human Communication
Hello, my fellow orbital travelers.
Does it seem to you that human communication has come full circle?
What I mean is this:
Remember back about 200,000 years ago when we all sat around the fire in the cave ng our stories in grunts and growls? Then Thaag, our self-appointed local news reporter, drew those drawings on the cave wall of Argg and his team attacking the bison and mammoths with their spears and torches? (Too bad about that incident with the sabretooth tiger. Such a bad thing to happen to such a good guy like Argg).
The pictures told the story. They were, and still are, timeless and universal. All you have to do is look at them and understand the message, even in 2019 AD. Native Americans still honor their history in lore and ancestral story telling.
From then on humans advanced language and split it up in to some 6,500 various languages, including digital text-speak.
As speech progressed so did our ability to replicate the spoken word with machines (Gutenberg, 1439). Then came electronic transmission (Samuel Morse, 1843) and wireless (Marconi, 1898). We kept getting news faster and transmitting it farther around the world. And today, some would say “farther from the truth”. But I won’t digress to my own opinion…. I’m not judging…..
Anyway, now we have combined the telephone with the computer and added a camera. We can flash messages and pictures around the world in seconds. But, we still have the annoying problem regarding language translations. However, humans being (no pun intended) what they are, have come up with a universal solution: emojis! At first, we typed them out: semi-colon + dash+ closed parentheses 😉 had an exact meaning. But you had to understand the English construct to get to the meaning. So, the long hand evolved into the familiar pictogram: usually a round face with a recognizable expression or a group of icons that form a mentally accepted picture referring to an activity.
Our “new” universal language only took 200,000 years to get back to. From painting with manual digits to digital painting. Thaag and his mom would be so proud!
Or for those of us over 40….
Good bye, Good Luck and Safe Travels
Bonus 5 points: see if you can translate this famous Red Skelton closing phrase:
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