Explain the shortcomings of traditional methods of communication.

Explain the shortcomings of traditional methods of communication.

  1. Distortion of information, massagers could alter or give incorrect information.
  2. Depended on the power of memory. It was possible to forget some information.
  3. Time-consuming; Runners took a long time to deliver messages.
  4. Restrictions: Some instruments could only be used at certain times e.g. drums and
  5. horns – only when it was quiet.
  6. Determined by weather; fire could not be lit during rainy season.
  7. Different interpretation drum beating could only be understood by the communities that used
  8. them. Others may interpret the message wrongly.
  9. Weather during windy weather; smoke could be blown away.
  10. Not secretive; A message may also get to the enemy e.g. when the drum, horn or fire was used.

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