|The Time Traveler (M.A. Reilly 2012)|
Blame Ben, not.
Franklin (who is credited with so much) is credited with first having broached the topic of daylight savings time (DST--gotta love acronyms) in a letter he penned in 1784 to The Journal of Paris. Franklin argues for daylight savings based on economic savings and does so with great wit. But alas, his words are nothing more than a bit of satire.
It isn't though until 1966 that the U.S. Congress standardizes time with the Uniform Time Act and the wording there is considerably less witty than Ben--but given the current production of laws by Congress, language use is a small matter.
Hmm, maybe the bigger issue isn't the adjustment to the daylight savings time, but rather the presence of that invention. In Technics and Civilization, Lewis Mumford told us that civilized life begins with the mechanical clock. He wrote, "The clock, not the steam-engine, is the key-machine of the modern industrial age."
Too true. Too true.