fredag 16. februar 2007

Dei minneverdige orda

Nokre ord er brende inn i historia for alltid, medan andre av forståelege grunnar ikkje blir hugsa. Neal Stephenson har eit par gode eksempel i artikkelen Mother Earth Mother Board:

According to legend, in 1876 the first sounds transmitted down a wire were Alexander Graham Bell saying "Mr. Watson, come here. I want you." Compared with Morse's "What hath God wrought!'' this is disappointingly banal - as if Neil Armstrong, setting foot on the moon, had uttered the words: "Buzz, could you toss me that rock hammer?'' It's as though during the 32 years following Morse's message, people had become inured to the amazing powers of wire.

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