Fear of technology in the 19th century

The New York Times’ assessment of the telegraph in 1858: “Superficial, sudden, unsifted, too fast for the truth, must be all telegraphic intelligence. Does it not render the popular mind too fast for the truth? Ten days bring us the mails from Europe. What need is there for the scraps of news in ten minutes? How trivial and paltry is the telegraphic column?”

Amazing how each new technology brings a sense of fear and nostalgia to human beings. The article also mentions fears about the telephone (will make you deaf, 1904), radio (so much loud and unnecessary noise, 1924) and TV (people reported being spied on by their TV, 1937).

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