The evolution of communication

This is a great visual from an article written on the Neuroanthropology site entitled the Fear of Twitter.

This is my response to Amy Woodgate’s post who happened to have this image on her site on 10th February 2013

Hi Amy, I have this image up on my blog too but I did not comment very much on it then.  I thought it was an interesting perception of how people view communication, and you are right -  from the yardstick of snobbery of the written word!

I can’t help but think of my 17 month old toddler who is learning to gesture, sign, name objects at the moment, and the lovely sounds she is making.  She is also creating some lovely marks and scribbles on different surfaces and loves the tapping of the keyboard!  She will be going through the cycle but at a much faster rate and will be ever so proficient in the coded language of twittering and perhaps the appreciation of sound, image or a combination of these at an earlier age.  I am constantly amazed at the way she listens to a piece of music, and she tries to figure out the rhythm, and then try to shake and move accordingly!   I do like the way you have looked communication as cyclical.

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  1. Giraf87 January 30, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Very good, see this from twitter: Pete Cashmore ‏@mashable
    Study Says Twitter Is Fastest-Growing Social Platform in the World http://on.mash.to/VuDIr5

  2. sbayne January 30, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Nice example Chantelle. Interesting how often these ‘evolutionary’ takes are dystopian. Quite a contrast to the evolutionary utopias of transhumanism and ‘extended mind’ which see advances in communication as advances for humanity rather than retrograde compromises to our cognitive capacity!

    There are some readings on transhumanism in the MOOC for those that are interested – or tweet me for links.

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