Are Historical Aspects of IC Relevant Today?

“What aspects of international communication in history are still relevant today?”

International Communication has been around since the birth of civilization. It began when territories were claimed and crops were grown. It grew as trade developed and people began to travel. As the world opened up communication became a necessity. It started as smoke signals and grew to what it is today.

International Communications at its roots was a tool for people to communicate messages across borders, whether it was for connecting colonies, sending information on trade and commodities, informing and or misinforming the public, or sending information on wars. With the invention of the printing press, telegraph, radio and then computer; the speed at which this communication is sent and received has increased rapidly. However, the main purpose still remains the same.

Communication itself has always been instrumental in “the establishment and maintenance of power over distances,” says Thussu. This comment relates to both historical and modern International Communications. International Communications has grown to new levels however; the major aspects from history have remained the same. Meaning, the purpose has remained the same however with the fine-tuning of strategic communication, the use of International Communication has become even more so a tactic for power. With the use of propaganda and polling, communication specialist now have the ability to sway the public without them realizing.

In Conclusion, aspects of International Communication are still relevant today, but they have grown and morphed into more modern ideas and uses, with modern technology yet maintaining the same original purpose. International Communications is today faster, stronger and more fine-tuned than in history, while still maintaining the original aspects and purposes.

-Gujari Singh

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