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A celebration of communication technology

This week's word is: Technology!  Word of the Week is a bit different this week as we are celebrating technology. As I shared on Monday, I'm celebrating communication technology this week in honor of Johannes Gutenberg (the inventor of the printing press) who died on Feb. 3rd in 1468.  The printing press was a huge advancement in communication, but there have been many others that have contributed to our growing and changing communication.  Here are just a few of the amazing technological advancements in communication: 1439 Gutenberg's Printing Press 1835 Samuel Morse develops Morse Code 1876 Alexander Graham Bell exhibits the electric telephone 1877 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph 1901 Guglielmo Marconi transmits radio signals 1925 John Logie Baird transmits the first...

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What is speech?

Those of you who remember my weekly internet radio show on the Communication Comedy Network will remember my character Professor Wordsmith.  She (I) did the Word of the Week segments.  In 2011, I'm going to be bringing back some of the old characters I played on the show as YouTube videos.  I thought I'd bring her segments here to Communication FUNdamentals for Word Wednesday. This week's word is something most people do associate with communication: speech!  But as we'll see, speech is much more than a formal recitation of gun control or abortion rights. According to Merriam Webster, speech is: "1a : the communication or expression of thoughts in spoken words b : exchange of spoken words : conversation 2a...

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