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The history of communication covers the evolution of human communication from its beginning through the continuing progression of technology of modern times. Most of the history of communication has to do with progressing beyond the basic model of communication between sender and receiver in one time and place, as humans found new ways to transmit and preserve messages. Each new communication media, from scratching images in the dirt to the latest smartphone, could be judged by how well it met the key variables of longevity, capacity, portability, accessibility, and reproducibility. This history of communication can be broken down into five periods, which will be discussed in this entry: (1) the origins of speech and language; (2) the development of writing; (3) the print revolution; (4) ...

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