Over the July 4th holiday, we went to Philadelphia to see
Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and all of the other historical things in
the area. Being someone whos steeped in technology, its fascinating to stop
and think how much people at the time of the Revolution were able to accomplish
without the assistance of the technology we have today.
We take for granted such things as computers, printers, web
sites, cell phones and so forth that its difficult to remember how things were
done before these things existed. A while back ago, I posted a blog that asked whatwe did before computers and got some interesting responses.
But in that day and age, they fomented a revolution that
defeated the most powerful empire in the world. It took 8 years to do, but even
so they were able to accomplish it. Communication between major cities like
Boston and Philly could take a week one way, and communicating across the ocean
could take months. Pamphlets and newspapers were printed using a printingpress, but by hand in a slow process. And they werent easily distributed.
Even though communication was slow and difficult, I think
that helped the Revolution more than it hurt it. Because not only did poor
communications slow down the patriots, it also slowed down the British. The British didnt know what was going on in
a timely manner in order to be able to react quickly enough to either diffuse
the situation or crush it. Having the home court advantage, the soon-to-beAmericans could use the time-delay to help spread their word faster.
What do you think? With 21st Century technology,
how would 1776 have turned out?