The Invention of News
How the World Came to Know about Itself
By Andrew Pettegree
(Yale University Press, Hardcover, 9780300179088, 445pp.)
Publication Date: March 2014
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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Andrew Pettegree investigates 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 titillation; the persistent need for news to be current and journalists 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, transmission of news had become so efficient and widespread that European citizens--now aware of wars, revolutions, crime, disasters, scandals, and other events--were poised to emerge as actors in the great events unfolding around them.