The primary media used by mankind to display the written word, that is, display abstractsymbols used by the creator/writer to convey meaning to the viewer/reader, doesn'tchange very often. Depending upon how you define "written" symbology, for a period of time, at least 50,000 years, perhaps much further back, even beyond the dawn of thehuman species, drawings of symbols, erection of markers and what have you were etchedupon the face of the earth. Whether cave drawings of animals or stacks of stones used tomark a trail, symbols were placed upon the earth's surface to illustrate some idea or other that could be read by individuals other than the creator of the symbol. The surface of theearth itself was the media.At least ten thousand years ago, perhaps many tens of thousands beyond that, people began to scratch out images and other symbols onto manufactured articles such as claytablets, crafted walls in public places, carved stones and so forth. These messages bothutilized a manufactured media and were, generally, used more sophisticated symbologyallowing a more complex and/or precise story or message to be conveyed to the reader.Five of six thousand years ago, some societies began to develop forms of papyrus. The papyrus was formed into scrolls on which symbols were drawn using some manufacturedstain or ink. Somewhat later, true paper was developed and used, first as scrolls then,hundreds of years on, in a recognizable book form.In the west, it was only around five hundred years ago that moveable type forced amovement of the written word onto the modern book form. Books are now used toconvey messages in all the static forms of symbology known to man.Around fifty years ago the written word and other forms of symbology began to becreated, stored, retrieved and read in digital forms using electronic devices. Of course,some electronic forms of symbology had been around for many decades prior to this but,for the most part, digital symbology recognizable to most literate humans began in thelate 1940's, early 1950's.From this time line, admittedly a highly debatable timeline, two things are obvious. One,in the entire history of the written word/symbol, only four or five changes in the primarymedia of messaging has taken place. Two, the period of time between these shifts isshrinking dramatically. These periods of time have gone from perhaps hundreds of thousands of years between the advent of using the face of the earth to usingmanufactured surfaces to lesser intervals between subsequent shifts. Perhaps, it took another five to thirty thousand years to go from crude manufactured surfaces to papyrusand paper. Perhaps it took yet another five to ten thousand years to get from paper andink entries by hand to the use of moveable type in a modern book format. Maybe another five hundred years to move from the printed book to digital formats.Of course, digital formatting is not yet the primary media for presenting the written word.It may never be. However, in all likelihood, digital formats will very shortly be the primary presentation format. In only a generation or two hence the printed book may gothe way of the clay tablet and the scroll.