This is a photo from New York in 1887.
Electricity and telegrams were new technology in the late 1800s. While it was clearly an advancement for society, the practical application was messy.
People protested, minor politicians tried to make careers by banning their use, and others saw it as the beginning of the end of the world.
Of course what really happened is we streamlined, miniaturized, and dug underground. The initial application of a new technology is never the reality of its final form.
The initial fear of wires reminds me a lot of Bird and other e-scooters. All new things start out messy. The trick is to see through it to what it could become. Generally we end up in a much better place.