>The Telephone Menace

2 Jan

>From Nature for November, 1889, via Wondermark:

The telephone is the most dangerous of all because it enters into every dwelling. Its interminable network of wires is a perpetual menace to life and property. In its best performance it is only a convenience. It was never a necessity.”

RTWT. Y’know, telegrams and e-mail have a lot in common….


7 Responses to “>The Telephone Menace”

  1. Jim 2 January 2011 at 11:42 am #

    >Don't get me wrong, I'd still chip in for postage to contact 911 if your average politician was drowning, but I think the ability to talk to a large fraction of the world's population real-time is pretty amazing.Jim

  2. Roberta X 2 January 2011 at 6:24 pm #

    >It is. Unfortunately, it comes with the ability for a large fraction of the world's population to get drunk, high and/or confused and make a bell ring in my home at any hour of the night or day, followed by berating me for failing to be "Rudy" or "LaKeesha." Of this aspect, I am not so fond.

  3. Jim 2 January 2011 at 7:25 pm #

    >There are two things that I will give up only after a large fraction of everything else: Sirius radio and call display. It doesn't stop the phone ringing, but it does generally save me the the villiany on the other end.Jim

  4. Nathan 2 January 2011 at 7:55 pm #

    >At least with a telegram, you could physically punch out the idiot who delivered it to the wrong house.Well, at least until they started using the phone to tell you you'd gotten a telegram, I guess.

  5. Jim 2 January 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    >I stand with Roberta and Nathan. The decline of civilization dates from Alexander Graham Bell's first impulse to fart around with electrons.

  6. New Jovian Thunderbolt 2 January 2011 at 9:22 pm #

    >an aside for Rx… have you seen this?If you haven't, don't get lost in there.

  7. DirtCrashr 3 January 2011 at 12:43 am #

    >God's greatest invention was the answering machine. Turn off the noisemaker and let the machines talk amongst themselves. If/when you feel curious, check the blinking light – or cover it with electrical tape…

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