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MDSA01H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 3: The Victorian Internet


Department
Media Studies
Course Code
MDSA01H3
Professor
Ted Petit
Chapter
3

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The Victorian Internet
Prologue
19th century
No televisions, aircrafts, mobile phones
Internet(a.k.a information superhighway) allowed people to maintain long distance
relationships; a worldwide communications network whose cables spanned continents
and oceans
Gave people quick access to information
Telegraph was referred to as the highway of thought
Chapter 1: The Mother of all Networks
1746
Jean Antoine Nollet, French scientist zapped monks
His intention was to see how far electricity could be transmitted along the wires and how fast it
travelled
Method of communication was human messengers
Rulers had to wait months to find out the outcome of the war
Sound, Light ---Can tell what time it was
NOLLETS EXPERIMENT PROVED THAT ELECTRICITY CAN TRAVEL LONG
DISTANCE
Advantage of horse-borne message: can send any message not just simple messages
16th century
Famianus Strada: published Prolusiones Academicae, discussed that two needles are required to
write, demonstrated that this can send letters
Lodestones: Used to magnetize needles
1790:
Chappe used clock and cooking pan in order to develop a electrical signal system
Later on Chappe used black and white panels, clocks, telescopes and codebooks to send a
message 10 miles away
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