Technological innovations have been a cornerstone for global growth. The economic, political, and cultural progress both in the United States, as well as globally, all have strong ties to technology. In the novel The Victorian Internet, Tom Standage outlines telegraphy and its impact on global communication, easing government communication, diffusion of foreign news, and simply allowing person-to-person contact internationally. Standage often reiterates that many understood telegraphy as growing possibility for global peace as the ideal form of social impact and the realities of this aspiration, directly paralleling to David Karpf and his differentiation between tactics and strategies.
Though the telegraph didn’t necessarily bring about world peace, it did open lines of communication in what Standage argues is the global village, of which participants are global citizens. “We have seen the civilized world gathered as one family around a common sick bed [of President Garfield], hope and fear alternately fluctuating in unison the world over as hopeful or alarming bulletins passed with electric pulsations over the continents and under the seas” (162). This stresses the significance of the telegraph is relaying news, good or bad, to an internationally audience, able to share in a multiplicity of emotion. This directly relates to the argument made by Karpf. Though the telegraph was a means for better communication did not necessarily conflate to users obtaining a wider understanding of different worldviews. The differentiation Karpf would make could be that the telegraph is a tactic and world peace is a strategy, but one does not necessarily mean to other.
At the end of Standage’s piece, he states that with all the accessible information, the problem becomes information overload. What argument discussed in class relates to this sentiment? Using the two-step flow of communication (Katz) is there a way to support or diffuse this argument?