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Blogging Predicted in 1800s?

According to MosNews’ Blogging Predicted by 19th Century Russian Prince, blogging was predicted in a novel written in Russia in 1837.

Prince Vladimir Odoevsky, 1803-1869, was a gifted man. Apart from writing philosophical books, stories for children and composing pieces of music, he also wrote science fiction, trying to imagine what his country would look like in 2,500 years, in 4338…Odoevsky suggested in future there would be a kind of connection between houses that would allow people to communicate quickly and easily, the way they do now via the Internet.

“Houses are connected by means of magnetic telegraphs that allow people who live far from each other to communicate,” Odoevsky wrote.

Even more interestingly, Odoevsky suggested every household would publish a kind of daily journal or newsletter and distribute it among selected acquaintances, a habit which Russian bloggers immediately recognized as blogging. “We received a household journal from the local prime minister, which among other things invited us to his place for a reception,” one of Odoevsky’s characters tells a friend. “The thing is that many households here publish such journals that replace common correspondence. Such journals usually provide information about the hosts’ good or bad health, family news, different thoughts and comments, small inventions, invitations to receptions.”

Makes you think. What are you blogging about that might predict what the future will be like in 2,500 years that will turn out to be true sooner than you think? What do you think the future of computers and blogging will be like in 2,500 years?


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  1. [...] Another interesting article from Lorelle where she points out to a link which seems to suggesst that a writer in the 1800’s ahd ideas which seems a lot like what blogging is? A good read. [...]

  2. [...] Blogging has a long history. Didn’t you know that? I was blogging before I was blogging. We just called it “journaling” back when the most popular car on the market was an Edsel. Okay, I’m only slightly kidding. In “Blogging Predicted in 1800s?”, I wrote: According to MosNews’ Blogging Predicted by 19th Century Russian Prince, blogging was predicted in a novel written in Russia in 1837. [...]

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