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Photography by Liz Filardi

Stone Age Telegraph

Armed only with information, I turn rocks and sticks into an electronic signal.

By Jamie O’Shea

All of my tools are made by bigger tools somewhere else. How far back does this lineage of tools go? I wondered if someone alone in the woods could make an Information Age object, armed with nothing but information?

In the summer of 2009, I headed out for the wilderness of Mineral County, Montana, to test this question. With no tools or materials except the ability to search the internet, I endeavored to learn how sticks and stones lying on the ground have been transformed into a metallic, electric society. ...

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