Friday 56 Challenge ~ Friday 3

The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers - Tom Standage
Rules: (Tweaked just a tiny bit.)
1 ~ Grab a book. Post the cover.
2 ~ Turn to page 56 (or 20% in eReader, if no page numbers).
3 ~ Find any sentence (or 2 or 3) that grabs you. No Spoilers!
4 ~ Post the sentence.
 
From the Preface: ". . . a new communications technology was developed that allowed people to communicate almost instantly across great distances . . . A worldwide communications network whose cables spanned continents and oceans, it revolutionized business practice, gave rise to new forms of crime, and inundated its users with a deluge of information. . . Governments and regulators tried and failed to control the new medium. Attitudes toward everything from news gathering to diplomacy had to be completely rethought. Meanwhile . . . a technological subculture with its own customs and vocabulary was establishing itself."
 
Page 56: "On both sides of the Atlantic, the electric telegraph was finally taking off."
 
The internet is called the information superhighway. The electric telegraph was dubbed the "highway of thought." This book is fascinating on so many levels!