Parents, Students, Faculty & Staff
and the Merrillville community at large,
please let us welcome you to the communications web page brought to you
by the staff of the Information Technology Services Department. We hope
you find the various links on this web page informative and helpful. We
invite you to contact us should you have any questions or comments.
greatest achievements over all other creatures is our ability to
communicate complex ideas and thoughts using a variety of
effective communications techniques. Indeed one could argue that every
achievement ever made by mankind owes its very existence to our
ability to communicate effectively.
transactions made between two individuals used sight and sound,
the two key ingredients in the communications formula, have been
limited in distance and time. Participants
in the communications process had to be in
the same place at the same time to communicate. To achieve
true greatness however, mankind had to overcome the limitations of
space and time.
Though hard to move
from place to place, the limitations of
time were probably first overcome by the advent of the cave
drawing. This new form of communications permitted one
generation to "speak" to the next. A way of moving
information from one time to another time. Eventually stone
tablets replaced cave walls, animal skins replaced stone tablets, parchments replaced animal skins, paper replaced parchments,
eventually leading to books; the technology
was ever so slowly evolving to overcome the basic limitations of space and time.
Co-developing with the
"technology of communications", was the nature of what we
communicated. Mankind's earliest forms of communications were
probably not much more then a grunt or pointing gestures, perhaps
indicating a direction for others to look for food or danger.
However, with time the
nature of communications evolved. As mankind began to learn to
communicate more effectively through sounds, drawing, and eventually by symbolic
means such as writing, the thoughts we communicated became
more complex as well. Each step in technology
was co-evolving with far more complex ideas and thoughts.
This co-evolution of knowledge and technology or "content" has
been going on since the dawn of time.
The modern world
is not only not exempt from the effects of this intertwined relationship between
knowledge and media, but is indeed a product of it. As important as
the printing of the first book by Gutenberg was, so are the achievements
in sound and sight by such great individuals as Thomas Edison with
his phonograph, Alexander Gram Bell's and his telephone, Nikola
Tesla and Guglielmo Marconi with radio, Alexander
Bain with facsimile, and Zworykin and
Farnsworth with television. These great achievements
not only give us sight and sound over distance and time but
are tools to convey even more ideas more complex then ever
At last we behold what has been dubbed "The Information
Age", and it is truly upon us. To the masses comes email, multimedia
presentations, distance learning, video teleconferencing,
desktop publishing, "blogging" and much more. These new
media technologies have brought with them a world of information and knowledge, on
demand, available not only when we want it, but how we
Like their predecessors before them the very nature of these media are
content of what we communicate. The evolution of the very
nature of communications is still very much "in progress"
and so to is the complex knowledge of what we convey.
With the next
generation of humans and the technology they bring into the world,
we have no doubt the ballet of the technology of communications and
the knowledge it communicates, will continue....
Communications and Security Services
Merrillville Community School Corporation
276 East 68th Place
Merrillville, IN 46410
(219) 650-5376 Ext: 7676