"So that is the telephone. It rings and you run." This early description of the telephone by the artist Degas still rings true today. So strong is this Pavlovian response that, reportedly, a person standing on a building ledge, ready to jump to his death, returned to his building to answer his telephone. As one court has remarked, "A ringing telephone is an imperative which, in the minds of many, must be obeyed with a prompt answer. '
Mark S. Nadel,
Rings of Privacy: Unsolicited Telephone Calls and the Right of Privacy,
Yale J. on Reg.
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