Ericsson’s History of Wireless Communication

Ericsson, the communications company started by that Swedish inventor who may have created one of the first car telephone systems—which, if you can believe the above image, actually tapped into existing telegraph lines, has a neat little video about the history of wireless communication. Some of the classic tropes are a little grating like the claim that wireless has been around …

Hans Traub, “Arbeitsrhythmus als Morsezeichen“ (1927)

For Hans Traub, the modern system of Morse code marches to the beat of an ancient drum. The phenomenon of communication (Nachrichten) arises from the primal urge to communicate (Mitteilungsdrang), which, in turn, forms the bonds of community (Gemeinschaft). Hence Traub‘s etymology of the word “message” (Nachricht) as “command” (Befehl) or “instruction” (Instruktion): “Die Nachricht …