Wednesday, February 28, 2007


"The telegraph arrived in a world already revolutionized, and its developement continued a process that other forms forces had set in motion. Even in the deminision that the telegraph most directly affected-the speed of communication over long distanced- the advances in postal service and transportation during the preceding decades had already resulted in considerable changes." Starr pg 154-155

This passage from Starr chapter 5 caught by eye because it is a very true statement. The telegraph it self was all ready predetermined in a way because of previous inventions. This plays a part and has to do with the constitutives choices already done by the postal service and transportation. In a way those hurt the upcoming telegraph and it doesn't get as much credit being that these things already being done gave it a head start. Early technological and social advances cautioned against changes in new advances. Not saying that it is a bad thing or the introduction of the telegraph wasn't important, it just wasn't able to recieve the telegraph at it's full potential.


At 10:52 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good quote and interesting discussion.

The industrial, market and political demands for increased, regular, fast communication created a demand for a transportation and communications revolution in the early 19th century. The telegraph is one key innovation that was developed to meet this ever growing demand for news. It is important to understand how the telegraph fits into this larger transporation and communications revolution. Which sectors of society were at the forefront of this growing demand for news? How were private enterprise and government involved?


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