Sunday, February 15, 2009

Pros of the Telegraph

In Chapter 5 (pg 153) Paul Starr states, " The Advent of the electric telegraph in the 1840s was much a political as technological milestone. The telegraph inaugurated a new phase in the history of communications, the rise of modern technological networks, and precipitated divergent nation decisions about the role of the state that outlasted the telegraph itself." I agree completely with this statement . I feel as if the invention of the telegraph had a great impact on what technological tools would be made in the future. Just like when Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, it allowed information and media to be transferred to other places, in just a matter of time. With this
possibility it would make a difference for the government, because there were already so many problems dealing with problems between the church and state.


At 11:15 AM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

Starr's point is that the development of the telegraph is as "much a political as technological milestone." What were the political decisions that helped make this technological triumph a success?


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