Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Read All about It (i.e., the End)

The end of the newspaper—in the form of a bundle of cheap paper delivered to your door—is near, or nearly near. Jill Lepore, in “Back Issues: The Day the Newspaper Died,” asks: “what was the beginning about?” Newspapers were at the center of the American Revolution, and in the early republic they functioned to provide a space for the ununified voices of the union.