The Victorian Internet

The Victorian Internet

The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers

Book - 1998
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Until the mid-1800s, communicating across distances was limited to ship or horse. Then the telegraph revolutionized world-wide communications. Like the Internet today, the new network was hyped by advocates and dismissed by skeptics.
Publisher: New York : Walker and Co., c1998
ISBN: 9780802713421
0802713424
Branch Call Number: Business & Career 384.109 Sta

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ANDRES SALGADO
Jul 04, 2017

An unequivocal recollection of how the telegraph shaped the world by allowing people to freely communicate over vast distances.
On a not so optimistic note, I can't help to draw an exact parallel between the demise of the telegraph and what could be happening to the internet in the next few years. There will inevitably be something else replacing it.

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SeattleSaul
Apr 28, 2016

A well-written account of the development, use and abuse of the nineteenth century's penultimate communication invention. Written in clear, non-technical language but with enough explanation to convey how the telegraph worked, and how it led to even better inventions like the telephone. It gives one pause to think about our obsession with the Internet and to wonder what's next.

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ANDRES SALGADO
Jul 04, 2017

The growth of the telegraph network was, in fact, nothing short of explosive; it grew so fast that it was almost impossible to keep track of its size.

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