The Telegraph and Instantaneity

 

“It requires no small intellectual effort to realize that this is a fact that now is, and not that has been” – The New York Herald

The idea that the telegraph allowed people, for the first time, to learn of events in real-time and that this was a foreign concept to so many is different from the world we inhabit today. Instantaneous connection is all we know and as such it’s difficult to imagine a time when it was new to people who had long lived without it. Having to wait for information to come by foot was the norm prior to the invention of the telegraph. Hearing about and experiencing event in real-time for people through the delivery of telegrams revolutionised the communication of news.

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Pre-telegraph.

The telegraph was perhaps as equally transformative of its time as the internet is today because they allowed information to be processed and shared across the globe in real-time.

All that sounds like is lot of indistinctive beeps to me, how people managed to decode it so quickly is beyond me.

Written morse code of the above audio:

– …. . / – . .-.. . –. .-. .- .–. …. / .– .- … / – …. . / ..-. .. .-. … – / .. -. – . .-. -. . – –..– / .. – / .. -. .- ..- –. ..- .-. .- – . -.. / – …. . / .. -. … – .- -. – .- -. . — ..- … / .- -. -.. / .. -. – . -. … .. …- . .-.. -.– -….- -. . – .– — .-. -.- . -.. / .– — .-. .-.. -.. / .– . / .-.. .. …- . / .. -. / – — -.. .- -.– .-.-.-

Translation:

The telegraph was the first internet, it inaugurated the instantaneous and intensively-networked world we live in today.

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