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Networked World  
  Very early description of our dependence on technology and communication.  

This point of view is almost too obvious to discuss in our modern world, but there was a time when it was an original observation.

And as the standard of comfort rose, as the complexity of the mechanism of living increased life in the country had become more and more costly, or narrow and impossible. The disappearance of vicar and squire, the extinction of the general practitioner by the city specialist, had robbed the village of its last touch of culture. After telephone, kinematograph and phonograph had replaced newspaper, book, schoolmaster, and letter, to live outside the range of the electric cables was to live an isolated savage. In the country were neither means of being clothed nor fed (according to the refined conceptions of the time), no efficient doctors for an emergency, no company and no pursuits.
From When the Sleeper Wakes, by H.G. Wells.
Published by Unknown in 1899
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