How Railroad History Shaped Internet History

These are good times with the likes of James Bridle and Ingrid Burrington investigating the infrastructure behind the services we mostly take for granted. Because knowing about its history is knowing about the powers and circumstances that shape our everyday life.

“The U.S. government heavily subsidized and supported the construction of railroads for the same reasons it subsidized and supported the development of the Internet itself: military strategy, economic development, and a zealous, romantic vision of the both liberatory and unifying potential of being able to traverse or defy the limits of greater and greater distances.”


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