The Lure of the Ticker

Authored by: Braxton Soderman

The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138216266
eBook ISBN: 9781315442686
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Every day, when down town, I talk to scores of men in offices, banking-rooms, and hotels. Every now and then they walk quickly away from me to the little machine known as the stock “ticker”. Picking up the tape, they glance anxiously over it, come back in a half-forgetful way, and resume the conversation, although I see plainly that they are thinking more of the tape than of the talk. And the machine goes on with its rattling, whirring, clicking, nervous “tick!” “tick!” “tick!” What is this “ticker?” The machine is of little consequence, but the tally it keeps is a wonderful one. In the past few years it has ticked off every minute, every hour, every day, the ebb and flow of the prosperity of the country.

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