Before Twitter and Facebook, there was Morse code: Remembering social media’s true inventor


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Humorous article looking at how Morse with his Morse code was in fact social media’s true inventor.

Standage noted a journalist’s complaint from an 1891 issue of Atlantic Monthly.

“America has in fact transformed journalism from what it once was, the periodical expression of the thought of the time, the opportune record of the questions and answers of contemporary life, into an agency for collecting, condensing and assimilating the trivialities of the entire human existence,” the complaint went. “The effect is disastrous, and affects the whole range of our mental activities. We develop hurry into a deliberate system … the pursuit of novelties and sensations into the normal business of life.”

The complete article

Michael S. Rosenwald — The Washington Post

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