Theresa Catharina de Góes Campos


We are presently so much used to television and artificial satellites that it is somewhat difficult to imagine how life was, at the very beginning, in the prehistory of communication.

Archeologists found numerous paintings on the walls of caves, such as the ones in Altamira, Spain. They were reproductions of ordinary scenes, drawings of hunters and the animals known at that time, as well as the different activities carried out by the prehistoric inhabitants. The most remarkable of these pictures give the impression of being alive, such strength of every line and the quality of nature imitation.

Our illiterate, barbarian ancestors, just starting to live in groups, in a sense practiced journalism because they transmitted a variety of news to their tribesmen and interpreted this with some regularity. A system of signals and sounds, orally or otherwise, was practiced by the community. Many musical instruments had their origin as messengers, such as the drum and the horn.

The Greek used a combination of light signals (beacons) to keep informed on events which took place at a distance of three or four days travel.

Through the description of the First Macedonic War, we know that Philip’s soldiers were guided by torches placed at Mount Tzé.

Despite the darkness, the torches announced special orders to the Roman Legions.

Among the primitive means of communication, there were also: strings of colorful knots, used by the Peruvians; belts made of shells, by the Iroquois; the Egyptian Hieroglyphs; the Assirian cuneiform signs; Persian and Aztecs characters.

Before paper was discovered, elementary information of contemporary events was registered in whatever material the natural environment provided: stone, wood, clay, fiber or animal skin.

Nowadays, with so many resources, it is really up to us to make an effort to communicate well in our everyday life, taking advantage of all the available help. Newspapers, most specially, and other periodicals, update everyone’s knowledge, along with radio and television programs. There is no publishing house capable of competing at the same speed in the presentation of what goes on in the world today…. The pace of modern life is such, and the progress of science and technology so fast, that a book may carry outdated information at the very moment it appears on the market. At the same time, we all need a certain amount of data, though we differ in our specific needs.

When people are limited by a tight budget, they still should not forget how important it is to grow intellectually. We should all have the healthy habit of visiting the local public library on a regular basis. There, we may enjoy the privilege of an exclusive, personal interview with VIPs living close or far away. Ordinary people will also share their experience and ideas.

Due to the progress of communications, all fields of human knowledge benefit at high speed from any development, wherever it takes place. An advancement in science, registered in one country, when known by researchers all over the world, gives immediate answers or alternative solutions to problems they were encountering. Like a team, scientists unknown to each other may work together towards the final solution they have been seeking. And their victory is ours!

Theresa Catharina de Góes Campos
Charlottetown - Prince Edward Island, Canada (September, 1971)

Jornalismo com ética e solidariedade.