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by wpietri
2018-01-01
I'm not sure you read this very well. The notion is not that the Arab spring was a utopia. The notion was that the Arab spring, fueled by direct person-to-person connection on FB, Twitter, Whatsapp, etc, were symptomatic of the Internet's power to create freedom and social utopia.

It's part of a persistent strain of technoutopianism. You might read Tom Standage's excellent 1998 book "The Victorian Internet", which talks about the adoption of the telegraph during the Victorian era. Many of the same things people said about the Internet's power to change society were said about the telegraph: https://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Internet-Remarkable-Ninetee...


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by Stratoscope
2017-05-12
Start from the beginning of the story to get all the context. It's an interesting read:

https://technicshistory.wordpress.com/2016/11/25/an-expediti...

And if you like this, I recommend The Victorian Internet:

https://tomstandage.wordpress.com/books/the-victorian-intern...

https://www.amazon.com/dp/162040592X


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by TYPE_FASTER
2017-01-13
This book, a good read about the invention and adoption of the telegraph, includes references to information overload from the 1800's.

https://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Internet-Remarkable-Ninetee...


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by TYPE_FASTER
2017-01-13
This book, a good read about the invention and adoption of the telegraph, includes references to information overload from the 1800's.

https://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Internet-Remarkable-Ninetee...


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by edge17
2015-08-28
In the same vein, I read this recently - http://www.amazon.com/The-Victorian-Internet-Remarkable-Nine...

It covers the history of the telegraph and the changes that came with it. Lot of good historical perspective with regard to communication over large distances.


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by gshubert17
2015-04-03
by sanoli
2014-08-29
Also check out "The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers"

http://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Internet-Remarkable-Nineteen...


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by Stratoscope
2013-07-29
This story sounds pretty believable after reading Tom Standage's The Victorian Internet, especially Chapter 8, "Love over the Wires".

That's one of my favorite books (and finally available in a Kindle edition!). Don't take my word for it, read a few of the reviews:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Victorian-Internet/dp/B002STNBKM/

More stories of high tech in the 1800's in Neal Stephenson's Mother Earth Mother Board:

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/4.12/ffglass_pr.html


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