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Michael Dennis

I rather like this post a great deal. The natural experiment does work, but the Victorians had an advantage, while the telegraph may have served as a Victorian Internet, they didn't have the experience of television and passive consumption. I could be quite wrong about this, but Victorian leisure required some effort and television is the opposite of it. YouTube may not be much better, but there is a selection process involved. Finally, as you may know, Maya Jasanoff is completing a book about Conrad arguing a very similar point about how we can read his work as a response to the hyper-kinetic, globe straddling world that we currently claim as new. Many thanks for writing this up.

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