If you’re here reading this post right now, you’ve probably never heard of the telegraph. This post, including meme, are here to enlighten you to the amazing revolutionary technology which has vastly influenced the idea of communication as we know it.
The first wireless radio telegraph appeared in 1895.
While the initial commercial electric telegraph was produced in England in 1837 – it was far too complex and relied on a complex encoding of characters which was time-consuming and ultimately unsuccessful.
However, the wireless telegraph shaped the world and ushered in a bright modern age.
“A net-work of iron wire, strung by lightning, will ramify the brain, New York, to the distant limbs and members.” – The New York Tribune
Communication through telegraph became the height of fashion. Messages that were sent which took days and weeks could be instantly received in minutes. The people became more interested in news from foreign places.
There was more information being sent in real time.
To the ordinary person, the idea of events occurring somewhere else far, far away at the same time as something else occurring then and there just didn’t compute. Before then, the main aggregators of information – of urgent news – was the daily and evening news.
The telegraph unified communication between people from far-reaching places in a huge centralized network, information could be delivered, recieved and decoded in amazingly short span of time.