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Famous First Lines

First telegraph message, Samuel Morse, 1844: “What hath God wrought?”

First telephone call, Alexander Graham Bell, 1876: “Mr. Watson, come here; I want you.”

First internet message, Charley Kline, 1969: “L-O-G-I-N”

First email message, Ray Tomlinson, 1971: “QWERTYUIOP”

First cell phone call, Martin Cooper, 1973: “Guess who this is, you sorry sonofabitch?”

Source: Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman, Networked: The New Social Operating System (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012)



I am so nerdy that when I was a kid in the late seventies, before home video became common, I used to record the audio tracks of my favorite TV shows on a Realistic tape recorder – the mono kind, where you had to press play and record at the same time. Then I’d stay up and listen to the tapes and try to remember the images.

Matt Zoller Seitz

Is Anyone Getting Raped on Your Watch?


Films Are Built on Other Films

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The L-Word

One week ago, 22-year-old Jared Lee Loughner tried to kill U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords outside of a Safeway in Tucson, Arizona. Nineteen other people were shot in the process, six of them fatally, including cute-as-a-button–9-year-old Christina Green.

People wasted no time in branding Loughner a loner.

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Source: Detective Comics #403, September 1970.


The Conversation Prism

The Conversation Prism by Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas

The Exact Opposite Is True

I am resolutely opposed to all innovation, all change, but I am determined to understand what’s happening because I don’t choose just to sit and let the juggernaut roll over me. Many people seem to think that if you talk about something recent, you’re in favor of it. The exact opposite is true in my case. Anything I talk about is almost certain to be something I’m resolutely against, and it seems to me the best way of opposing it is to understand it, and then you know where to turn off the button.

—Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Me

(Hat tip: Nicholas Carr)