Quotation by E.E. Cummings

Certainly the most obvious ... example of the strictly infantile essence of America's all-conquering mentality greets our eyes daily, anywhere and everywhere, in the guise of the tabloid newspaper. The tabloid newspaper actually means to the typical American of the era what the Bible is popularly supposed to have meant to the typical Pilgrim Father: viz. a very present help in times of trouble, plus a means of keeping out of trouble via harmless, since vicarious, indulgence in the pomps and vanities of this wicked world.
E.E. (Edward Estlin) Cummings (1894–1962), U.S. poet. repr. In A Miscellany, ed. George J. Firmage (1958). "The Tabloid Newspaper," Vanity Fair (New York, Dec. 1926).
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