COMM12022 Blog: #1

The Talking Culture

In the beginning…

Communication is core of all social involvement and interaction. Communication comes in the form or storytelling, art, music, and anything else were another human or specie. Communication in Australia can date back to the Aboriginal dream time. “The Dreaming’ or ‘the Dreamtime’ indicates a psychic state in which or during which contact is made with the ancestral spirits, or the Law, or that special period of the beginning” (Mudrooroo, 2015). The aboriginal dreaming told stories of their ancestors and the land though story and artwork. A well known Dreamtime is that of the Rainbow Serpent, it represented the ceremonies about fertility and abundance as well as a peaceful community.

“The belief in the Rainbow Snake, a personification of fertility, increase (richness in propagation of plants and animals) and rain, is common throughout Australia. It is a creator of human beings, having life-giving powers that send conception spirits to all the waterholes. It is responsible for regenerating rains, and also for storms and floods when it acts as an agent of punishment against those who transgress the law or upset it in any way. It swallows people in great floods and regurgitates their bones, which turn into stone, thus documenting such events. Rainbow snakes can also enter a man and endow him with magical powers, or leave ‘little rainbows’, their progeny, within his body which will make him ail and die. As the regenerative and reproductive power in nature and human beings, it is the main character in the region’s major rituals.” (Chaloupka, 1993).

Another form of communication can be the way something is spoken or written, a language. The earliest language dates back to 400CE, being the Jewish language Hebrew (Seelinger, 2015).

Early communication encourage people think outside the square of their personal beliefs and see the worlds from another’s point of view. This can be seen in the Aboriginal Dreamtime in the way that people are viewing what the world and in particularly Australia was like in the spiritual land of the Dreaming. “Speech is remarkable in the way that you can describe and transmit almost anything you sense with it” (Poe, 2011). From the early forms of communication, both speech and written, the world has developed a rich sense of all forms of communication. From expressing ones thoughts through a blog, an photo shared with the world or a tweet tweeted to thousands of others, communication is an integral part of life and business and is still forever developing to greater things.



What is the ‘Dreamtime’ or the ‘Dreaming’? – Creative Spirits. 2016. What is the ‘Dreamtime’ or the ‘Dreaming’? – Creative Spirits. [ONLINE] Available at:

Chaloupka, G 1993, Journey In Time : The World’s Longest Continuing Art Tradition : The 50,000-Year Story Of The Australian Aboriginal Rock Art Of Arnhem Land, n.p.: Chatswood, N.S.W. : Reed, 1993., CQUniversity Library Catalogue, EBSCOhost.

The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today. 2016. The 10 Oldest Languages Still Spoken In The World Today. [ONLINE] Available at:

Poe, MT 2010, A History Of Communications. [Electronic Resource] : Media And Society From The Evolution Of Speech To The Internet, n.p.: Leiden : Cambridge University Press, 2010., CQUniversity Library Catalogue, EBSCOhost,


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