Friday, July 12, 2013

Newspapers in 1854

"[The reading and thinking] class has immensely increased. Owing to the silent revolution which the newspaper has wrought, this class has come in this country to take in all classes. Look into the morning trains...with them, enters the car the humble priest of politics, finance, philosophy, and religion in the shape of the newsboy....Two pence a head his bread of knowledge costs, and instantly the entire rectangular assembly, fresh from their breakfast, are bending as one man to their second breakfast."
R.W. Emerson, 1854.

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