wrote Earle Ennis of The San Francisco Chronicle in 1928, “has come the greatest wizardry yet of the civilized day—television.” Today marks the 75th anniversary of the very first electronic television transmission, made by Philo T. Farnsworth in his North Beach laboratory. Envisioned as an educational tool that might end ignorance, illiteracy and the need for war, one wonders if the disconnect between Farnsworth’s dream and the evolution of the medium is mirrored by the internet today.

- David Lawrence [Saturday, September 7th, 2002]


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