James Carey illustrates the importance of the telegraph and how the telegraph does set the base for future development within the communication realm. He shows how the telegraph was the only device to separate transport and communication in the past. Before the invention of the telegraph, the main way messages were passed across was through movement from one place to the other.
He asserts that the telegraph was the brain and would help in the expansion of the empire. Though it was masked in religious undertones, that is that it would harmonize and unite all of humanity, it was also an ideological mask for its real function. Its real function was the expansion of global military hegemony and neoliberalism. This is very similar to today’s context where the internet is viewed as the medium through which the world will become a global village.