The History of Media (The Beginning-1950 A.D.)


    In 1821, a blind Frenchman named Louis Braille created a system by which the blind could communicate in writing. Braille uses 6-dot cells, or characters, in which different dots are raised to represent letters and punctuation. Today, Braille is used in books, signs and bank notes. Recently, Nokia has made cell phone application that translates text messages into Braille.
    Braille is historically significant in that it introduced the world of literature to the blind. No longer would the blind need a helper to read for them. Now the blind could read signs and buttons by simply running their fingers over them. Braille also opened the door for blind authors to write independently.