Cover of The Victorian Internet.

The Victorian Internet

authors: Tom Standage (1998)
date read: 2019-05-24
pages: 240
lists: history , nonfiction , tech
rating: β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜… β˜†

My first non-fiction book in quite some time, The Victorian Internet is a nice introduction into the rise and fall of the electrical telegraph, and all its implications. Tom Standage shows us in an easy, meandering style how the world changed due to the telegraph, and how people changed (and/or didn’t). While he’s often very direct (or on the nose) about his theories, and some minor facts looked not quite well researched (Karlsruhe was never part of Prussia, thank you very much), I liked both the very human approach to history, and his final – if simplistic – comparison between telegraph an internet evolution.

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