Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Twitter Ye Not - Alexander Graham Bell

Twitter Ye Not - Alexander Graham Bell

A regular piece for the Daily Mail Weekend magazine about how figures in history might have twittered or tweeted or whatever, had they the chance, inclination and technology.

On 10 March 1876, Alexander Graham Bell asked his assistant, Mr Watson, to “come here, I want to see you.” That Thomas A Watson was in the next room at the time and that Bell addressed him through a transmitter has made this rather mundane request the first telephone call in history. Here, we imagine how Twitter reacted to that call.

I have shown Bell and Watson facing each other, a little closer than they were for that first telephone call. But not much. Between them is a wood-burning stove, because I imagine it was cold.

A great invention that has led to idiots needlessly gabbering at the top of their voices on buses, in restaurants and in cinemas. Thanks Alec! Grrrr!

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