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Alienating Effects of Social Media – c. 1906

January 24, 2013

Scott Doyon at Better! Cities & Towns came across this remarkable drawing:
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… post-Victorians began to ponder the evolution of wireless telegraphy — in which individuals would receive telegraph messages, printed out on ticker tape, via personal antenna.
 
And what was their take on such innovation? Did they savor the prospect of a new age of enlightenment, empowered by ever-improving access to information and to each other?
 
Nope. Instead, they lamented what such a device would do to interpersonal intimacy — with such accuracy that it will boggle your 21st century mind. …
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 24, 2013 5:18 pm

    Wasn’t the future wonderful?

  2. David permalink
    January 25, 2013 11:43 pm

    Amatory message received by the lady? .– …. .- – / .- .-. . / -.– — ..- / .– . .- .-. .. -. –. ..–..

    The lady’s sly smile suggests her answer is “Nothing… just a marconibonnet on my head.”

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