Twisted Logic and the first Newspapers - Ch. 8&9 EL 200
"Whether the subject is love, birth, weather or crime, journalists' tastes inevitably run toward the unnatural, the extraordinary." This sentence aptly discribes the basic search that journalists perform when seeking the latest news. If anything can be seen by the earliest news pamphlets and newspapers. Journalists than and now were looking for love involving strange circumstances (like a husband and wife killing one another), birth (the birth of royalty), weather (something that left a lot of people dead), and crime (some psycho killer wielding an axe and hunting down defenseless lil' wabbits!). In other words..."When we choose to enter the world of breaking news, we enter a fun house."
Never before had I questioned what the word Gazette meant. For most of my life I heard, read, or saw this word (my father's favorite paper is the Pitssburgh Post-Gazette) but I never once thought about how it came to be related to the newspaper. No one really knows how the term gazette was coined, but maybe that's just it - a coin? It only made sense for newspapers to be printed more often as forms of communications improved but it's interesting how the internet has made such publications nearly obsolete. Now, newspaper companies need only update their websites when breaking news happens and save a printed version that includes more detail in the morning edition. Maybe in the future we'll develope little see-through electronic pads that will be connected to the internet wirelessly and will constantly updated, just think of Star Trek. Who knows?
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