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  • The Victorian Internet

  • The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers
  • Written by: Tom Standage
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, World
  • 5.0 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)

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The Victorian Internet tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.

©1998 Tom Standage. Afterword Copyright 2007 by Tom Standage. Afterword Copyright 2013 by Vinton Cerf (P)2015 Tantor

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  • David
  • 2016-05-23

Very nice audiobook

This topic is a favorite of mine and I already own 'A Thread Across the Ocean'. That book has as its subject the rather hurculean effort to lay down the first trans Atlantic cable. The title Victorian Internet is entirely apt; I came to the same conclussion years ago and this is a fine accounting of the entire affair.

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  • Andrew Crawford
  • 2019-12-16

One of my favorite non-fiction audiobooks

The telegram was when distance stopped mattering to communication. Every development since then - the telephone, fax, email, social media - has just been an incremental improvement. The big change was when news in London could be news in New York in the same hour, not weeks to months later as it had always been before.

With that in mind it's no surprise that the telegram had it's own subcultures, and jargon, online crimes, and love affairs. Give people a new technology and they'll use it for the same old things.

This book was a fascinating journey through a world that is distant and very different, but populated by people who seem very familiar.

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  • Pierre Gauthier
  • 2019-04-20

Worthwhile!

This well written an and well researched book describes the rather poorly known evolution of the telegraph in the 19th century and of its impact on society. The parallel with the current Internet revolution is clear but by no means overly underscored.

Substantial but easy to read and not too long, this work will be of interest to all concerned with technology and history.