A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis
A brief history of communication: hieroglyphics to emojis

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2 A brief history of writing

Before we begin examining in detail at how writing arose and the impact it has had on human communication, take a look at the following short video. Video 1 gives a succinct overview of the topics we’ll be covering in this course by reflecting back at the history of writing from the perspective of today’s obsession with emojis. While you’re watching, consider how a modern day writing system such as emojis shares several elements with other, earlier writing systems – but how it also has its own unique properties which make it perfectly suited to modern communication technologies.

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