From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
A telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are not in the same vicinity of each other to be heard directly. A telephone converts sound, typically and most efficiently the human voice, into electronic signals suitable for transmission via cables or other transmission media over long distances, and replays such signals simultaneously in audible form to its user. The word telephone has been adapted into the vocabulary of many languages. It is derived from the Greek τῆλε, tēle, far and φωνή, phōnē, voice, together meaning distant voice.
- Lobster Telephone (1936) by Salvador Dalí
- The Human Voice, 1930, a French play by Jean Cocteau, a monologue of a woman on the phone
- Denise Calls Up, 1996, an American film in which the telephone is a protagonist