Spectator Magazine Felt The Telegraph Would Change Language
The Telegraph may not technically be used today but it’s alive and well in the telephone and cell phone. Several inventors can claim some credit for their invention, but all used some form of Morse Code. This was invented by Samual Morse from the 1830s through the 1840s, allowing the telegraph to become a useful tool for long-distance communication.
It became such a huge thing that in 1889, Spectator Magazine wrote about the “constant diffusion of statements in snippets” the use of telegraphs was leading to. They assumed it could become a larger problem and even affect language at a deeper level. If only they could speak to young people in 2019 to learn the telegraph was the least of their concern. Come on Spectator, OMG ROFL 😀