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The Once and Future Web: Worlds Woven by Telegraph and Internet

Painting of a woman with an abstract backgroundThe Once and Future Web: Worlds Woven together by the Telegraph and Internet

The pioneering networks of the telegraph in many ways foretold the influence of our contemporary network of networks—the Internet. Yesterday, the telegraph offered spectacular promise, yet it also raised daunting challenges. Today, in striking parallels, the Internet does the same. The ability to exchange information in split seconds has influenced every aspect of life, opening new worlds. Once and Future Web: Worlds Woven by Telegraph and Internet explores how, by transforming how we communicate, we transform ourselves.

The online exhibition features a range of resources for educators and students, including classroom activities for middle and high school learners, educational online activities, and an exhibition library or glossary of terms used throughout the online exhibition.

Last Reviewed: May 27, 2015