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An Ahoy Moment

In the early years after Alexander Graham Bell’s big discovery, people couldn’t agree on how to respond when the telephone rang. About half the people said, “Hello!” (That was the option pushed by Thomas Edison.) About half the people would say, “Ahoy!” (That was Bell’s suggestion.) It took a decade or so to sort out what today seems like such an obvious protocol.

I think we’re in “an ahoy moment” in history right now. New forms of communications are everywhere, and we don’t always know how to react. Continue reading

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