Sunday, December 28, 2008

Ranters and Corantos: Renaissance Journalism

... Are there lessons for its survival or renewal to be learned from a backward glance at its earliest days?

An exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC--"Breaking News: Renaissance Journalism and the Birth of the Newspaper" (through January 31)--argues that question in the affirmative. The public appetite for news is insatiable, its creators assert, and the exhibit traces the profession that has satisfied that need from the gossipy manuscript letters passed from hand to hand in the late sixteenth century to the press's emergence as an economically viable force in politics and culture in the early eighteenth century.

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