The Invention of the News

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Brad Rousse, 26, buys several newspapers the day after bin Laden was killed. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Long before the invention of printing, people wanted information. Andrew Pettegree tracks the history of news in ten countries over the course of four centuries—from gossip, civic ceremony, sermons, and proclamations to printed pamphlets, edicts, journals to the local and worldwide news as we know it today. In The Invention of the News: How the World Came to Know About Itself, Pettegree investigates who controlled the news and who reported it, news as a tool of political protest and religious reform, issues of privacy and titillation, reliability and trust.


Andrew Pettegree

Comments [3]

Amy from Manhattan

Were Roman soldiers in the same company usually from the same place? When they shared their mail, were they finding out what was going on where they all came from or about each others' places of origin?

Mar. 26 2014 01:12 PM
Ed from Larchmont

Leonard Lopate seems to have a dim view of ancient peoples.

Mar. 26 2014 01:08 PM
Robert from NYC

If you want to experience the invention of news, just watch CNN regularly as they invent lots of news on a regular basis, especially Wolf Blitzer.

Mar. 26 2014 12:04 PM

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