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When the Medium Was the Mission: The Atlantic Telegraph and the Religious Origins of Network Culture

Jenna Supp-Montgomerie

Abstract

When the Medium Was the Mission traces the shaping influence of religion—particularly US Protestantism—on network culture through the story of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable of 1858. In the middle of the nineteenth century, this medium was emphatically the mission of Protestant missionaries to “civilize” non-Protestants, public figures who used the telegraph to establish an implicitly Christian national culture, of utopianists who understood this new technology to herald the advent of global and divine accord, and of all the many who passionately believed the cable would connect the world. Peopl ... More

Keywords: Protestantism, infrastructure, disconnection, imaginaries, public, utopia, Atlantic Telegraph Cable of 1858, technology, networks, affect

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781479801480
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479801480.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jenna Supp-Montgomerie, author
University of Iowa