The establishment of the telegraph has proved advantageous for the now thriving communications industry upon its use in the nineteenth century. Consequently, with the further development of this technology the production of radio, television and more recently in 1991 the widespread use of the internet has highlighted the telegraph’s technological success. Not only did the telegraph aid in social interaction, message sending and news reporting, but it also changed the social dynamics of the traditional Victorian era, in which gender equality did not exist. The immense popularity and rapid growth of telegraph usage provided the opportunity for women to validate their skills in a workplace setting, paving the way for working women in the communications industry for years to come.
The following Prezi introduces the notion of social change and how this arose as a result of the telegraph’s establishment in the mid nineteenth century.
Mitew, T., 2014, ‘A Global Nervous System: From Telegraph to Cyberspace’, Lecture/YouTube Video, DIGC202, University of Wollongong, 4 August 2014, viewed August 5th 2015, via <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5oAlHZMgX8&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j&index=3>