What if they had the internet in 1812?

The Signing of the Treaty of Ghent
As we celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812, we wonder how things would have been different if they had the internet in 1812.

First the name itself "the War of 1812"  is pretty boring. With Twitter coverage and Facebook pages covering the war, there would have been a more colorful name. 

What would they call this second war of independence? How about the "Revenge of the British?"  or perhaps at the very least "The American Revolution Part II."


A different National Anthem?

The Battle of Baltimore in 1814 inspired the lyrics to the United States national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner" and produced a sense of euphoria over a second victory by the United States over Britain.

What if Francis Scott Key had looked to glow from his smart phone rather than the bombs bursting in air?

"Oh say can you see by the dawn's early light" would be replaced with, "I've just received this tweet from my home boys down the street."


Who knew the War was over?

Think about this, you are on a ship half way around the world, and telecommunications as we know it today has not yet been invented.  So how do you get the message that the war is over?

The Treaty of Ghent was the peace treaty that ended the War of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain. Although the treaty was officially ratified by the United States Senate on February 16, 1815, the sides had agreed to end the war by the treaty that was signed on December 24, 1814.

The Battle of New Orleans took place on January 8, 1815. If the British ships had cell phones and satellite communications they would have celebrated The Treaty of Ghent and not have wasted their time attacking New Orleans on January 8, 1815.

Who would be president?
Without Wikipedia or Google to promote his legacy, we wonder how Andrew Jackson rose to fame after the war and went on to become president.

If Andrew Jackson were around in a world with modern media, he would not have made it to the presidency with his support of slavery and forced relocation of Native Americans.

My personal spin

Yea, these are the thought's I have on the drive to work... how things would have been different if they had the internet in 1812. Wow, how much the world has changed in the past two centuries.

Stretch your brain a bit. Check out my website American Philosopher.US where I have some reflections on the world.

I hope to add some more content on the War of 1812 in the months ahead such as this article on The Story behind the Star Spangled Banner.


Photo of painting "The Signing of the Treaty of Ghent, Christmas Eve, 1814" 
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

What's your passion: politics. religion, sports?

It's Only Sports

In the World of Questy I often take on topics from the realms of politics and religion. I find it frustrating that much of the conversations on many topics is nothing more than mindless name calling.

A few years ago I met a fellow writer for Examiner.com, and we followed each others writing online. Although I never had the pleasure of meeting Patrick in person, we chatted online and communicated regularly with email and Facebook posts. Among other things, Patrick wrote about Progressive Politics and the Oakland Raiders. 

I grew up in Western Pennsylvania, a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. While Patrick was a bit younger than me, we shared conversation on the "good old days" of Steelers versus Raiders rivalries.

I wished him well before a Steelers versus Raiders game, and hoped for a good game.  When things did not work out well for the Raiders, I did not say a word to him. I had too much respect for his passion.

On the political side, some of Patrick's views were about as opposite as mine as one could get, and yet we found common ground to talk about things, such as how folks from both sides were not willing to make sacrifices for their cause, and the apathy on both sides of the political spectrum by supporters of various issues.

Sports, politics, and yes, even religion, Patrick and I shared philosophical views as well. While our interests were on different ends of various spectrum's, we shared a passion for the things we believed in, and from that, had a great respect for each others view.

I remember one day when I could tell from some of Patrick's Facebook posts he was having a bad day, and someone was harassing him about something he had written. 

With some of the extreme comments he made in his political writing, I assumed that was the cause of his frustrations. I asked if folks often gave him any grief for his political comments.  He told me he seldom had any issues from readers of his political articles.  The issue he was having that was causing him grief was because of something critical he said about the Oakland Raiders.

Perhaps a sad commentary about our world today, but folks seem to be more and more indifferent about politics and religion, and the most passionate about their sports teams. The quickest way to start a fight or damage a friendship is to harass a friend the morning after their favorite sports team has lost.

Sadly Patrick passed away not long after I met him, but I think of him as I launch a new web site on sports.

It's Only Sports is a website that will look at various sports issues. As we do with other social and political issues, Questy's mission is to stretch your brain to see things in a different perspective.

We don't care who is winning or losing. We don't care about stats.  We take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly side of sports. We hope to put some issues into perspective, and to remind you, It's Only Sports.


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