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October 23, 2012


Dr. Martinek


You are mis-stating the facts about the history of newspapers. Please review the article "The Trade in News" by John B. Thompson, which we read earlier in the semester (95-100)

Note that on p. 98 Thompson reports that the earliest newspapers date from 1620, that's 200 years before the invention of the telegraph!


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