Y-Speak: Communication then and now

No matter how communication evolves, the value of connection is the only thing that matters.

LIKE almost everything in this world, I am convinced that communication is a constant thing. It is one of those things that do not only develop but also change as time goes by. I’ve realized that communication doesn’t necessarily change only because humans want it to but because they have need for it to change. I’ve always thought that maybe communication only changes because of the development and advancement of technology. Turns out, aside from these many factors, the dire need for better understanding is the main reason communication evolves.

For me, it is quite pleasantly surprising to know that wars have also contributed to the motivation to change the way we communicate. It’s made me realize that times were more difficult before but somehow humans have managed to deal with it. Because of this, I appreciate people responsible for the development all the more.

Thanks to the evolution of communication, communicating became holistic. We became more informed, connected, and united. Entertainment also rose to a whole new level. Not only was it easier to understand each other, the society also somehow became more informed of what’s happening around. It makes me proud that we have reached this level of communication that an individual may be informed about recent events in a matter of clicks and a few seconds.

As I’ve said, entertainment has never been better – from the creative stories told by mouth made more colorful and interesting by music and sounds told through the radio, to the films and shows that can be watched through Netflix. As a Multimedia Arts student, I believe that art and design is also a form of communication that reaches out to society more emotionally. As art and design advances, so does communicating its message. As a film enthusiast, I can say that films are one of the best art forms to communicate to the people.

Aside from entertainment, I have learned that the evolution of communication has also gotten individuals, families, societies, nations and the whole world more connected and united than ever before. For me, this is what has struck me the most. Despite all the negative aspects from the changes in communicating, understanding and making many different kinds of people feel like they’re not alone is one thing that makes the evolution of communication greatly significant. (Alain Mari P. Sira/Multimedia Arts, Malayan Colleges Mindanao)


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