This week’s lecture A Global Nervous System: From the Telegraph to Cyberspace was really interesting. I never felt the need to research who invented the internet or how the ripple effect was created. So, it was fascinating learning how pivotal the invention of the telegraph was.

Samuel Morse truly changed the future for the internet, he created something so extraordinary from a day to day noise to create Morse code which eventually evolved into how we communicate today. We use it as a “medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location.” (Brief History of the Internet | Internet Society, 2020). If he never created the telegraph, we would not have experienced the ripple effect of communication / technological inventions after the telegraph was developed.

It is so interesting, how something so simple evolved to what it is today. We can communicate anywhere to anyone in the world. I do wonder what we would be doing / how we would communicate if Samuel Morse never invented the telegraph…would we still be sending letters? Or would we have a different form of communication? I guess we will never know.

BeFunky-collageMy very creative meme based on how I feel about the invention of the telegraph.

Until next time, Amy Micallef
References: BRIEF HISTORY OF THE INTERNET | INTERNET SOCIETY: “medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location.” Internet Society. 2020. Brief History Of The Internet | Internet Society. [online] Available at: <https://www.internetsociety.org/internet/history-internet/brief-history-internet/> [Accessed 12 August 2020].

4 thoughts on “Samuel Morse and the invention of the telegraph.

  1. I really enjoyed this blog post, I like how we both took similar yet different approaches. The way you discussed the difficulty of creating a new communication type in your remediation was not only interesting but eye-opening, I’d never thought of it that way before. This was really easy to read and very engaging ,can’t wait for the next one!!

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  2. Great blog! In my blog I have also mentioned my curiosity of what will happen if there is no telegraph at all, what platform will we use to communicate with each other in a long distance. I like your remediation as well because it is truly incredible to create a new way for communication in 19 century.

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  3. Love this blog Amy, I think the acknowledgement of how different life would be without the invention of the telegraph is very interesting to me. We wouldn’t be studying this degree, I wouldn’t be typing this comment on your blog.. it is amazing how different life would be. Ive never tried to give morse code a crack but holy heck I think that would be so inconvenient I couldn’t imagine it being the newest most accessible way to communication. Blows my mind every time

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  4. Hey Amy, brilliant remediation. It is very strong, and i sable to stand alone from your blog post. I did the same thing here and didn’t take the content of the lecture and apply it to another concept, I have later in my other blog posts, but I would’ve loved to see you take this knowledge of a world connected by the telegraph and apply it something else today like snapchat maybe? “DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE FROM THE GILDED AGE TO MODERN TIMES: THE IMPACT OF THE TELEGRAPH AND THE INTERNET” is an article I used in mine, I don’t think it would enhance your blog post but it made comment about resources and how that explains why the industrial revolution began in Europe over, China for example. I’m starting to notice a resource shift now in connectivity with China being the leading country in phone technology. Thought I’d share what I found.

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