"Conspiracy theories are big because they're comforting. Any conspiracy is infinitely less multiplex than the real deal, which is multiplex to the point of being unknowable."
As a sidenote, the first public (coin-operated!) telephone was installed in Hartford, Connecticut in 1892. So the idea of going to a public "pillar" and obtaining phone service was hardly new in 1923. Wireless telephony had also been demonstrated by this time. But the idea of a network of wireless access points for public use - we're stil working on that one. See this story StreetNet: Brussels Provides Free WiFi at Internet Kiosks.
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