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Department
Communication Studies
Course
CS100
Professor
Martin Morris
Semester
Winter

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CS 100B INTRODUCTION TO MEDIAHISTORY WINTER, 2014 Dr. Martin Morris The Media in Early Civilization Denise Schmandt-Besserat, “The Earliest Precursor of Writing” Symbols are things whose special meaning allows us to conceive, express, and communicate  ideas. — human beings move from dealing with the objective world to opening up the space of  the imagination by recording ideas. 60,000 – 25,000 years ago: Neanderthal’s red ochre—body painting? — Funerary paraphernalia, flowers or antlers deposited in burial site. Ritual functions? Notched bones: first evidence of the modification of materials in order to translate ideas. 28,000­12,000 years ago: A new category of iconic symbols: images etched in stone, cave  paintings, notched bones This is the first step in "data processing": tallies Objectivity in information—information is recorded on an object  Three limitations of tallies Agriculture and its settled communities bring forth a new form, a new medium: tokens o A conceptual leap. Why? o Not just quantitative, but qualitative data is recorded Turning point: abstraction of pictographs Tokens are a link between the t
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