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Archive for November 4, 2014

Corporations like Verizon and Pepsi Co. are creating their own news sites to promote their agendas and are using trendy site names like SugarString and GreenLabel to make the outlets seem like alternative online news sources. Both companies have contracted popular magazine called Complex Media to create and run the sites for them. The sites […]

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During the 16th century, pamphlet readers were exposed to a variety of content. This news often affected the readers themselves, or large groups of people elsewhere. One of the primary topics covered in this “developing news market” was natural disasters and other natural phenomena. The instinctual fear and curiosity about the unknown would drive these […]

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News in the vernacular

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For centuries, Latin was the dominant language in what was then known as “Christendom.”  It remained dominant for so long for three main reasons: 1) It was an international language for the elites. The elite and literate across Christendom could understand Latin in both its verbal and written forms.  This gave the language a feeling […]

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Flugschriften first appeared in the 16th century. These were published news in the form of short pamphlets. Flugschriften, which means “pamphlets” in German, came about at the time of the reformation. Many of them focused their writing around the propoganda of the Reformation movement, the Thirty Years War, the French Revolution and the Peasant’s War. […]

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Brutal, bloody and heroic

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Siege of Malta wreaks havoc, spreads news. There are some events in history that are simply too big. Their scope, value and relevance are astronomical to the tenth power, and often go unnoticed for subsequent years. As with everything, there are exceptions to this rule: Pearl Harbor, 9/11  and the capture/execution of Osama bin Laden. Everyone […]

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“What emerges from the 16th century is a reading public ready to invest in printed material from broadsheets to pamphlets to books that went beyond their trade or devotional lives.”   Over the 16th century, the publishing market was refined: news pamphlets recorded local news in addition to foreign sensationalized news, sensations were the stock […]

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