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Rise of the paper haters

Posted by: | November 5, 2009 | No Comment |

Disdain for the news media is a theme that runs through the fabric of our society. Think of the various ways the flow of information ticks people off: Unrelenting coverage of smear campaigns touches off firestorms of political analysis. Various political figures today (and throughout history) think the media are out to get them. Many […]

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A history of aggregation

Posted by: | October 22, 2009 | No Comment |

When Julius Caesar first made government records public, audiences other than wealthy elites and government officials finally had access to Roman news. With the access, came the urge to tell. With this mindset, pen and paper, aggregation was born. Early aggregators copied the posted news by hand and then sent them in “packets” to whoever […]

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Run, Pheidippides!

Posted by: | September 17, 2009 | No Comment |

Demosthenes, the Greek orator (and quote-machine), wrote in the First Philippic that Athenians were obsessed with news by word of mouth. “Thus we all go about framing our several tales,” he said. Almost 150 years earlier, this obsession was on display for all to see. The courier/messenger Pheidippides ran from the Greek city Marathon to […]

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