The Age of Telegraphy

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Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves To Death.

clip_image001 Our television culture grew out of the age of telegraphy. The great idea in the age of the telegraph was "that transportation and communication could be disengaged from each other, that space was not an predictable constraint on the movement of information."

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clip_image001[2] While there was a time when only Haitians would have known about the disaster, today, in our rapidly-shrinking world, it is immediately visible from pole-to-pole.

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clip_image001[4] But telegraphy did more than make the world much smaller. It unexpectedly "destroyed the prevailing definition of information, and in doing so gave a new meaning to public discourse."

We now have context-free information;

clip_image001[5] "that is, the idea that the value of information need not be tied to any function it might serve in social and political decision-making and action, but may attach merely to its novelty, interest, and curiosity.

The telegraph made information into a commodity, a ‘thing’ that could be bought and sold irrespective of its uses or meaning."

clip_image001[6] "In a peculiar way, the photograph was the perfect complement to the flood of telegraphic news-from-nowhere that threatened to submerge readers in a sea of facts from unknown places about strangers with unknown faces.

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A Haitian woman is covered in rubble on January 12, 2010 in Port-au-Prince after a huge earthquake rocked the impoverished Caribbean nation of Haiti, toppling buildings and causing widespread damage and panic, officials and AFP witnesses said. A tsunami alert was immediately issued for the Caribbean region after the earthquake struck at 2153 GMT. (DANIEL MOREL/AFP/Getty Images)

Bible Fellowship Study: January 17 2010 Charles E. Whisnant, Teacher

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About Charles e Whisnant

Youth Pastor since 1964.Pastor/Teacher 1971-74, 1980-2001, 2008-2015. Seminary, College, On line training, 50 years of study. A student of of the Bible. Expositional in my teaching. Married for 45 years. Four children and three granddaughter. Currently pastor - teacher in Minford, Ohio. No published books. No TV program. Favorite preachers Spurgeon, Calvin, MacArthur, Lloyd-Jones, Packer, Edwards, Baxter, Puritans.
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