Victorian Internet– Tom Standage
An amazingly thin and vapid book. So little deep thought in so many pages! Breezed through it.
My take: Mr. Standage read a number of publications contemporary to the beginning of the telegraph, took some notes, and called it a book.
I must get into this business.
Key insights: Lord Kelvin made his fortune and his name and his title by developing a working bit of the telegraph system. Forget what it was, probably undersea cables.
The telegraph is what changed the word. Everything since (telephone, internet, social media) is an evolution, not a revolution.
My book idea:
Breakthrough: The creative spark in life and culture.