I don't mean to suggest that this is an academic treatise on the telegraph's societal impacts. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways. Now with the telegraph a message could be sent and a reply received within minutes. And cadres of messengers ran telegrams from the end of the transmission line directly to the recipient's home or office. Solving the world's problems is hard. A quick read for non-fiction.
For a cogent and fascinating comparison of the golden age of telegraphy with today's internet, the Victorian Internet nicely fills that niche. I wonder what English forces, who used the various Beacons from the fourteenth century on to signal to troops details of the threat of invaders, and the Romans, and probably Iron Age people before them, would make of this claim. It turned a world where messages took weeks to cross the Atlantic to one where it took mere minutes. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than any technology before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the internet in numerous intriguing ways. There will definitely be a time when today's technology seems as quaint as the telegraph does today. And interesting read about a part of history that changed the world as much as the printing press did before it and the internet after it. There were more parallels with the internet which I think could've been explored.
The role of dispositional and situational factors along with the motivations that drive self-presentation across diverse Internet arenas are considered. Of course, those of use directly implementing the new thing always think it will alter teh world for the better. Technical details are kept sufficient to tell the story and are easy to understand for the general reader. If, on the other hand, you wish to be exposed to series of parallels between the Internet's and the telegraph's impacts on culture and society, this is an engaging book that will fulfill that desire. Reminds us of the overblown rhetoric of the internet today. The word 'Yes' is an easy one to send by telegraphic signals, and she sent it.
There was also somehow a chapter on information overload focusing on business transactions of all things without even mentioning the famous passage from Walden on the rise of irrelevant information in the news due to the telegraph. Their invention--the electric telegraph--shrank the world more quickly than ever before. The unrehearsed air of Gould's writing seems to emerge from his way of showing not just his final conclusions but the thought process itself the happy leaps and shouts of a hunter hot on a trail. That technology was developed to the point of being replaced by the telephone - will something similar happen to our beloved internet someday? Two things particularly struck me: a that the initial experiments with the electric telegraph were much earlier than I had imagined and well before Faraday's theory of electricity explained what lay behind it all; b the long, 30 year, gestation then the incredible explosion of take up of the telegraph 650,000 miles of cable in just a few years and the pace within a decade within which the key undersea cables were laid. His history of social media didn't grab me in the same way but is definitely worth reading. Both crime and crime prevention take on new aspects. Category: History Author : M.
The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways. I'd heard of this book for years, but hadn't picked it up till the publisher sent me a copy of the new paperback edition for review. In some cases the tales passing over the wires would find their way into the local newspaper. Standage is able to give us the overall history while still feeding us the finer details. We learn a few shades of the science of it all, even more of the politics, and much of the bickering and mud-slinging of the scientists and those who were employed by the telegraph industry. I enjoyed the first several chapters, then it just kept going on and on. This book was funny and enlightening and just about the best thing you could read if you're a steampunk fan looking for some actual Steam-powered e-love affairs! Romances blossomed over the wires.
The benefits of the network were relentlessly hyped by its advocates and dismissed by its skeptics. I highly, highly recommend it. A New York merchant could receive an order to export flour to London, and in turn issue orders to his warehouse in San Francisco to send it eastward to help fulfill the order. Probably one of the most interesting themes in the book involved expectations that improved communications would lead to world peace. One wonders if the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 would have been fought, as a peace treaty was signed weeks before this famous battle was waged. The telegraph had much more of an impact on that generation than most other technologies have on this one.
Telegraph operators flooding the wires of the noobs just like kids flood chat rooms! The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. People found love over the wire and it's described as a true hey-day f Fascinating journey through the second half of the 1800s with the invention of the telegraph. He offers surprising conclusions about when and why the West came to dominate the world and fresh perspectives for thinking about the twenty-first century. Overall, I'd still recommend it for anyone interested in communication in this time period. Missed or lightly touched on is how the telegraphy truly changed the world -- how wars were fought, how business is conducted. It's hard to believe that people once gushed that the telegraph would bring about world peace.
The most interesting chapter to me is that entitled 'Love over the Wires' which begins with an account of an on-line wedding, with the bride in Boston and the groom in New York. I had hoped to finish it up then, and didn't get to it, so the last bit finished as my first book of the year. This is not the book for readers who want in-depth accounts of the lives of scientist-inventors like Thomas Edison or Charles Wheatstone, detailed financial histories of companies like Western Union, or technical treatments of subjects like the development of semaphore systems and undersea cables. A Comparison of the Telegraph and the Internet is not a subject one is normally prompted to consider and this is one reason that makes Tom Standage's account of the far reaching effects of these two medium of communication on their times is all the more enjoyable. The book is a good narrative of what happened when telegraphy over long distances became possible. As a snapshot of media convergence at the current stage in its evolution, this book offers important insights into the business of media at a time of dramatic change.
It's the Internet boomexcept Samuel Morse is there! This is a great little history book, and I will definitely read it again some da I read this years ago. Henrik Nilsson, University of Nottingham A lively, short history of the development and rapid growth a century and a half ago of the first electronic network, the telegraphs, Standages book debut is also a cautionary tale in how new technologies inspire unrealistic hopes for universal understanding and peace, and then are themselves blamed when those hopes are disappointed. Like many others, I knew about Samuel Morse and the Morse Code, of the laying of the Atlantic cable and how the telegraph laid the groundwork for modern communications unlike anything else in history. The turn of this century was a lot like the turn of the last century. And I highly recommend it.