The speed in which information could be delivered and received was revolutionized by the invention of the early electric telegraph. Before it’s creation, transmission of information was reliant on physical transportation methods. Depending on the distance, delivery time lengths would vary accordingly. When the first commercial telegraph was sent in 1837, people’s diverse ways of thinking and the advancements of technology were applied to evolving the game-changing device.
The Morse code was created using the letters of the alphabet and ten numerals, which were represented by long and short pulses. Each character, including letters, numerals, and punctuation was represented by a given pattern of code. This form of communication created an intangible nervous system of wires whereby people were becoming connected causing a dramatic shift in world perception and space.
It has illustrated effects on social communication, this is evident in the communicative utilities that many social media platforms provide. The media space is therefore impacted, connecting physical environments with invisible processes. This highlights the drastic evolution between the early telegraph and now the instantaneous interaction between diverse parties with handheld devices.
- HISTORY 2016, ‘Morse Code & The Telegraph‘, HISTORY, viewed: 03/08/16, < http://www.history.com/topics/inventions/telegraph >