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The Invention of News: How the World Came to Know About Itself
by Andrew Pettegree
Long before the invention of printing, let alone the availability of a daily newspaper, people desired to be informed. In the pre-industrial era news was gathered and shared through conversation and gossip, civic ceremony, celebrations, sermons and proclamations. With the age of print came pamphlets, edicts, ballads, journals and the first news-sheets, expanding the news community from the local to a worldwide audience. This groundbreaking book tracks that process, charting the history of news in ten countries over the course of four centuries. It reveals the unexpected variety of ways that information was transmitted, as well as the impact made by the expanding news media on contemporary events and the lives of an ever more informed public.
Andrew Pettegree investigated who controlled the news and who reported it; the use of news as a tool of political protest and religious reform; issues of privacy and public titillation; the persistent need for news to be current and news-writers trustworthy; and people's changed sense of themselves as they experienced newly opened windows on the world. By the close of the eighteenth century, Pettegree concludes, news transmission had become so efficient and widespread that European citizens - now aware of wars, revolutions, crimes, disasters and scandals - were newly poised to emerge as actors in the great events unfolding around them.
Available in hardcover