Standage also points out that operators of the telegraph could communicate much like in internet chat rooms today, so the internet today, while an advance, was not the huge life shattering change that the telegraph was.
Next, the plot of the novel or other work should be outlined and summarized. With the ever emerging civilizations in numerous parts of the world, food aided in linking them together.
One wonders if the Battle of New Orleans in the War of would have been fought, as a peace treaty was signed weeks before this famous battle was waged.
The book report writer can provide commentary on what he liked or disliked about the plot and the characters. By making sure that food supply grows quicker than the population, the green revolution opened the way for the amazingly rapid industrialization in Asia as the century came to an end.
There are now many people in the modern industrial societies that consider having a smaller number of children than those in the modern agricultural societies, Standage justifies that due to this, the peak of the human population near the end of the 21st century is now in sight.
A New York merchant could receive an order to export flour to London, and in turn issue orders to his warehouse in San Francisco to send it eastward to help fulfill the order.
The telegraph truly interconnected the world and laid the groundwork for the phone network and internet later. Information from foreign counterparts and associates was received once or twice a month. Adoption of agriculture as a story is the narration of how early genetic engineers came up with both powerful and new tools that made progress itself possible.
The phone and internet just changed the amount that could be communicated. Though it may sound naive to some, I had no idea that they actually laid out over miles of telegraph cable at the bottom of the Atlantic ocean some 2 miles deep in order to connect Europe to Newfoundland and Newfoundland then to the U.
In Britain, for instance, where the process first started, the question of whether the future of the country lies in industry or in agriculture was decisively and unexpectedly answered by the Irish potato famine of the mid 19th century.
List of works[ edit ]. It is often a good idea to pick one or two specific points to discuss. The author makes a clear contrast between the pre-telegraph world and the newly connected one, making an argument that the generation of the Millenials should be counted back to The telegraph truly interconnected the world and laid the After reading a number of the reviews I am prone to think that a number of people missed the larger point.
If there is anything about a character, event or main thesis that is especially interesting to the reader, he can go into a little more depth about it beyond the initial summary.
It rather draws on a range of disciplines that include societal organization, social change, economic expansion, military conflict, geopolitical competition and industrial development. In the process man changed plants and eventually the same plants, in turn, transformed people.
I have read widely in history, and every once in a while a book crosses my path which excites my intellect. By offering the platform through which civilizations could be founded, food then acted as a social organization tool, helping to structure and shape complex societies that came up later.
Major characters should be introduced, and the major elements that move the story along should be summed up succinctly. The use of food as a war weapon was unfair to say the least, however, the massive military wars of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries increased this atrocity to a totally different level.
Many tales of personal traditions, food related customs and the coming up of a particular nations cuisine, have already been narrated. Where it took weeks to months for a message to cross oceans or continents before the telegraph, it took minutes after.
And just like we had a dot com boom, where the opportunities were online, so they had a telegraph boom, where a man could make something of himself in this new fangled world.
The first geographers began to take interest in people and customs from far away places and put together the first efforts at world maps. Together, as Tom Standage mentions, potatoes and sugar offered cheap sustenance for the workers in the new factories in the industrial era.
Standage also tells a few I just finished this wonderful little volume which chronicles the rise and fall of "The Victorian Intenet," the telegraph. Like many others, I knew about Samuel Morse and the Morse Code, of the laying of the Atlantic cable and how the telegraph laid the groundwork for modern communications unlike anything else in history.
Telegraph operators flooding the wires of the noobs just like kids flood chat rooms! This should be followed by a quick summary of what the reader has learned and what he enjoyed about the work. Before Morse and the other pioneers of telegraphy, news was limited to an area that might be no more than a few days ride away.
However, with the telegraph, negotiations could be done in one day causing everything to speed up and, Standage argues, resulting in the more fast paced business that we are so familiar with today.Tom Standage in his breezy little book, The Victorian Internet argues that all that stuff was already around nearly two centuries ago i Tom Standage in his breezy little book, The Victorian Internet argues that all that stuff was already around nearly two centuries ago in the Victorian steampunk days of brass telegraphs and iron stock tickers /5.
Tom Standage (born ) is a journalist and author from England. A graduate of Oxford University, he has worked as a science and technology writer for The Guardian, as the deputy editor at The Economist, has been published in Wired,  The New York Times, and The Daily Telegraph.
Tom Standage is deputy editor of The Economist, overseeing its strategy and output on digital platforms, including the web, apps, audio, video and social media. The latest Tweets from Tom Standage (@tomstandage). Deputy editor and head of digital strategy at @TheEconomist, author of history books, drummer, gamer, pizza-maker, lapsed programmer.
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