Lessons from the phone and the Walkman on integrating new technologies into society
A man sitting alone at his kitchen table pauses before eating his breakfast. He looks at the empty room before him. “Meet me in front of Strand Books at 2,” he says aloud, then takes a bite out of his bagel sandwich.
In The History of the Telephone, published in 1910, Herbert Casson wrote: “The very idea of talking at a piece of sheet-iron was so new and extraordinary that the normal mind repulsed it. … People who talked for the first time into a telephone box had a sort of stage fright. They felt foolish.”
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