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On Message by Theo Theobald

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Chapter Three

Lessons from the past

We’ve looked at the evolution of web-enabled communication because that is where our written communication is now, but how did it get that way and, more to the point, is there anything we can learn from the past? This book advocates short messaging − it has become an essential part of today’s communication − but the shortest message comes from the past.

Brevity is best

Oscar Wilde had just witnessed the publication of his latest work and, curious to find out whether the public had received it well, took the decision to ask the publisher about early sales figures. In these pre-email days, a telegram was despatched ...

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