Hand on Suntel communications tower.
You could loosely divide the past into oral, literal and digital ages. Oral would be prehistory up to Homer and on, spoken word. Literal would be books, and digital would be, like, the Internet. Those were the mediums. What was the massage? How did we touch the medium, throughout those ages, how did we connect?
Then I got to thinking about it. Digital (literally) means fingers. As fancy as we think this tech is, that’s how we connect.
Digits. Pinkie through thumb. That’s how we connect with media. I’m typing this on a keyboard, or swiping it through a keypad. Orality was mouth and ears, literal was hand and eye, and digital is fingers and eye. Seeing as there are no finer gradations on this extremity, the next step would be thought I suppose, controlling media through thought (which monkeys can kinda do), that is, brain and just brain.
But it’s still weird that we use the word digital to mean bits of discrete (separate, like ones and zeroes) information when it really means discrete meat hooks on the end of our meat paws, which is what we use to connect to this fancy stuff anyways.