Tuesday 7 February 2006

End of the road for the dot-dash world

There have been a number of interesting reports, including this one from Wired, about the rather quiet and uneventful end to Western Union's 150 year-old historic telegram service the other day.

In the age of email and other instant communication tools this had to happen. However, its great to see that the significance of the telegraph networks in understanding the impact of information and communication technologies on society hasn't been lost - if you don't understand what I'm talking about, when you have a moment take a look at Tom Standage's book, titled The Victoria Internet.

PS For a bit of fun also have a look at the William Gibson/Bruce Sterling collaboration, The Difference Engine!

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