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Telegraph vs. Internet

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Andrew-Dave Simpson

on 3 June 2014

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Which technological innovation was more influential on its time's globalization?
Which had more influence on its users?
Before the internet, and its instant messaging, it would take a few minutes to send a message, using the telegraph, to someone who lived across the country or across the Atlantic.
By what significance was the world changed by it?
During World War II the telegraph system was used extensively with the troops and their leaders as a way to communicate inconspicuously over long distances.
Post offices also used the telegraph system as a way to receive and deliver messages to their citizens.
Who used it?
Telegraph vs. Internet
By: Andrew-Dave Simpson
How many people used it?
How quickly did it change the world?
In 1833 Carl Gauss and Wilhelm Weber created an electric telegraph that was able to send messages as far as one kilometer (Germany).
It wasn't until 1837 when Samuel Morse developed a new version of the telegraph using his knowledge of electromagnets.
The first transcontinental telegraph in the U.S. was completed in 1861.
was definitely more influential than the internet because not only did it minimize the time to send a message, it also saved lives, it was available to many people, it added convenience to business and governmental discussions, and it did all of this in one rapid sweep of change.
Considered Factors:
Which had more influence on its users?
Who was able to use it?
How many people used it?
How quickly did it change the world?
By what significance was the world changed by it?
The Telegraph was definitely more influential on its time's globalization.
Prior to the telegraph, it took days, weeks, and even months for messages to be sent from one location to a far-flung position.
After the telegraph cable was stretched from coast to coast in the 1850s, a message from London to New York could be sent in mere minutes, and the world suddenly became much smaller.
With the introduction of the internet, personal communication became much more convenient in the use of emailing.
Also, information could be searched for using the earliest search engine, Archie.
In the year 2000, there were approximately 361 million internet users world wide.
"Numbers are based on data from the US Census Bureau and local census agencies," (internetworldstats.com).
When the internet was made available to the public in 1994, it was not solely used for business or government.
A lot of the world has access to the internet, and they use it for their own personal affairs.
Even people of the middle and lower class have access to the internet and are free to communicate with others and share their thoughts and ideas, or whatever they want.
It was mainly used as a tool for military communications and governmental affairs between distant nations, but it was also available to the public in U.S. Post Offices.
Before the telegraph, it would take months for a message to be sent across the country or across the Atlantic.
It was also dangerous for messengers to journey across perilous mountains of the Americas and across the vast waters of the Atlantic.
So by eliminating the risk of a traveler’s life to send a message, the telegraph was definitely more influential.
In the early stages of the internet, it was only used by the scientists and researchers, who were developing it to make it faster and more efficient, and the government in order to connect them with European governments.
The first electronic mail delivery engaging two machines was accomplished in 1972 by Ray Tomlinson - also the originator of the use of the ‘@’ to indicate an e-mail address.
The internet was not available for public use until 1994.
Internet Users Per 100 Inhabitants
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