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Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Blogging Predicted in 1837?

A talented, prophetical Russian prince by the name of Vladimir Odoevsky (1803-1869) apparently predicted the internet... and blogging. But judge for yourself; according to this article, in his novel “Year 4338” from 1837 he wrote:

“Houses are connected by means of magnetic telegraphs that allow people who live far from each other to communicate”


“We received a household journal from the local prime minister, which among other things invited us to his place for a reception (...)

The thing is that many households here publish such journals that replace common correspondence. Such journals usually provide information about the hostsÂ’ good or bad health, family news, different thoughts and comments, small inventions, invitations to receptions. (...)

The job of publishing such a journal daily or weekly is carried out by the butler. It is done very simply: receiving an order from the masters, he makes a notice of what they tell him, then make copies by camera obscura and sends them to the acquaintances.”

Well, I suppose “the butler” is one of those blogging services, like

[Thanks Markus Renschler.]


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