Jack Holt replied to the topic What do you consider the first high-speed internet? in the forum Miscellaneous 11 years ago
Wow, great stuff, Alice. Thanx. And you start with two good questions that I want to explore. When I ask for the “first high-speed” I’m looking at the first indication of an advance in the speed of communication. I would like to posit that the “first, high-speed” internet was the Roman all-weather roads. As with ARPANET, the hard-surface Roman roads were built as a measure to advance Roman national security. It allowed the military to move more quickly from the garrisons to the front lines and ensured that messengers from the frontiers could more reliably and more quickly cover the increasing distances to deliver their messages allowing commanders, governors, and resources to be more quickly informed, decisions to be made, actions taken and resources moved. It shortened the Roman OODA loop.
I bring this up so that we might examine how people have adopted, adjusted, and accomodated these changes in communication technology to better understand what we might, can, should be doing now in our time. As an example, the Roman roads gave rise to the planning of communities and the development of street addresses which gave rise to the first postal system. What similarities do we see today as we move from email exchanges to social networks? What does this mean for government communication with the public?
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