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The Telegraph: An Opportunity for Social Change

The following Prezi introduces the notion of social change and how this arose as a result of the telegraph’s establishment in the mid nineteenth century.
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Melissa Mackay

on 9 August 2015

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Transcript of The Telegraph: An Opportunity for Social Change

The Telegraph:
An Opportunity for Social Change

The first successful telegram was sent by
Samuel Morse
in
1844.
This was a
foundational
moment in the history of
communications
.
It also created a
shift
in the
social dynamics
of the mid 19th Century.
The telegraph and its invention caused
"a dramatic shift in world perception"
(Mitew, 2015)
, not just for
technology
, but for
gender relations
and
expectations
.
Sarah Bagley
- a labor activist and strong advocate for women's rights - became one of the
first
female telegraph operators following its success in the late 1840s.
According to
Cristen Conger
, there were
two
main reasons for employing women in this workforce.
"Women tend to have
smaller hands
(ladylike, we might describe them), which made them
more adept
at finagling the circuit boards."
- Conger, 2013.
Employing women in this role proved
less
cost-worthy. "Gender wage gap aside, for a 19th-century woman, it was
a very honest living
."
- Conger, 2013.
Regardless, "
telegraphic technology
not only made possible the movement of women into this
social class
, but basically opened the world of
corporate America
to women."
- Annteresa Lubrano, 1997.
"
Women telegraphers
constituted a subculture of
technically educated workers
whose skills, mobility, and independence
set them apart
from their contemporaries."
- Thomas C. Jepsen, 2000.
References:
Conger, C., 2013, '
How the Telegraph Left Its Mark on Women's History
', Stuff Mom Never Told You, viewed 6th August 2015, <http://www.stuffmomnevertoldyou.com.blog/how-the-telegraph-left-its-mark-on-womens-history/>
Jepson, T.C., 2000,
'My Sisters Telegraphic: Women in the Telegraph Office, 1846-1950'
, Ohio University Press, Ohio, <https://books.google.com.au/books?id=bcBUk9LPR0sC&dq=telegraph+operator+women&source=gbs_navlinks_s>
Lubrano, A., 2013,
'The Telegraph: How Technology Innovation Caused Social Change'
, Routledge, p.137, <https://books.google.com.au/books?id=IVWAAAAAQBAJ&dq=women+and+tekegraphy&source=gbs_navlinks_s>
Mitew, T., 2014,
'A Global Nervous System: From Telegraph to Cyberspace'
, Lecture / YouTube Video, DIGC202, University of Wollongong, viewed August 5th 2015, via <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v-A5oAlHZMgX8&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j&index=3>
Unknown, 2014,
'Women in Telegraphy'
, Wikipedia, viewed 8th August 2015, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_in_telegraphy>
Unknown, 2015, '
Sarah Bagley
', Wikipedia, viewed 8th August 2015, <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Bagley#Involvement_with_the_telegraph>


Unknown, 2013, 'Depiction of Woman and Telegraph', Daily Mail, viewed 8th August 2015, <http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2013/07/26/article-2378705-1B008DF3000005DC-312_634x670.jpg>
Unknown, 2006, 'Depiction of Samuel Morse', Telegraph-History, viewed 8th August 2015, <http://telegraph-history.org/samuel-morse/main5b.jpg>
Unknown, 2011, 'Image of Sarah Bagley', Wordpress, viewed 8th August 2015, <http://roundtree7.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/sarah-bagley.jpg>
Unknown, 2013, 'Image of Woman and Telegraph', Daily Mail, viewed 8th August 2015, <http://stuffo.hswstatic.com/stuffmomnevertoldyou/wp-content/uploads/sites/86/2013/12/telegraph.jpg>
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