Quotation by Donald M. Lowe

Newspapers had a different perceptual impact on the reader than the printed book. Unlike the linear development of a plot or an argument in the book, the concurrent reporting of news from different parts of the world made newspapers a mosaic of unrelated events. Newspapers contracted time to the instantaneous and the sensational, expanded space to include anything from everywhere. The present became much more diverse and complex, no longer containable within a single chronological framework. And the reader had to provide the connection between the different news items.
Donald M. Lowe, U.S. historian, educator. History of Bourgeois Perception, ch. 3, University of Chicago Press (1982).
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