1.0 Sucks

Nice find by Clive Thompson from All the Time in the World: A Book of Hours (which looks like a fascinating read. Clive has the Amazon,com link— UK link here). 

As demand for the technology grew, many resisted electricities brilliant new glow. It was just too bright. It lent a “corpse-like quality” to those subjected to its glare, one Londoner argued, and it could make a crowd look “almost dangerous and garish.” Robert Louis Stevenson penned “A Plea for Gas Lamps” in 1878, hoping to dissuade London’s authorities from installing obnoxious electric streetlamps like those in Paris. “A new sort of urban star now shines at nightly,” he wrote, “horrible, unearthly, obnoxious to the human eye; a lamp for a nightmare!”