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Telecommunications

  • S. Encel

Abstract

Communications is a prime example of the links between physical technology and social organisation (or social technology). The social technologies of speech, language, and writing are basic to the communication process. Language may, in fact, be described as the essential social technology which makes group existence possible. The development of communication methods could plausibly be used as the basis of a historical sequence superior to the primary-school chronology of Old Stone Age, New Stone Age, Bronze and Iron ages. An alternative, based on communication, might run through rudimentary speech, grammatical speech, written language, mathematical notation, printing and mass literacy, to the age of mechanisation and electrification of communications media. The growth of modern cities, in particular, is bound up with mechanical and electrical means of transport and communication, and coincides closely with the revolution in these two related activities which started around the year 1830.

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Conference Television Telecommunication Service Social Technology Postal Service Rand Corporation 
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