Before OkCupid, Morse Code

Jul 30 2013 @ 11:48am

telegraphoperator

Clive Thompson finds the 19th-century telegraphy novel Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes oddly prescient:

[T]he story, in brief, is that Nattie is at work one day when a telegraph operator in another city, who calls himself “C”, begins chatting her up. They engage in a virtual courtship, things get funny and romantic, until suddenly things take a most puzzling and mysterious turn. It’s all quite nuttily modern. Wired Love anticipates everything we live with in today’s online, Iphoned courtship: Assessing whether someone you’ve met online is what they say they are; the misunderstandings of tone and substance that come from communicating in rapid-fire, conversational bursts of text; or even the fact that you might not really be sure of the gender/nationality/species of the person you’re flirting with.

But no dick pics.

(Photo: Library of Congress)