Thomas Edison’s Phonograph Will “Destroy Society,” Said The NY Times
The Phonograph was basically the early version of what would one day be the record player. In one of the weirdest periods when people freaked out about new technology, the New York Times went after the Phonograph inventor, Thomas Edison, hard in a story published in 1878.
Edison’s phonograph had not been released for more than a year when the Times assumed the phonograph will destroy society. They claimed everyone will be too afraid about being recorded by one to ever trust anyone else. More than 140 years later, society hasn’t broken down yet. The key part of that is “yet,” however.