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By J. Wiener

ISBN-10: 0230581862

ISBN-13: 9780230581869

This can be the 1st ebook to check and distinction the heritage of journalism in Britain and the United States through the 19th and early 20th century. It strains the emergence on each side of the Atlantic of mass move newspapers with hundreds of thousands of readers and explores seminal cross-cultural and literary matters resembling the impression of elevated literacy and the evolution of a democratic tradition. Key points of contemporary print journalism are explored, together with activities and crime reporting, gossip columns, headlines, front-page information, comedian strips, ads, the frequent use of images, human-interest tales, warfare reporting and the emergence of ladies in journalism. specially, the effect of velocity and technological innovation are thought of, with fundamental emphasis at the telegraph, typewriter and mobile. Likewise, the histories of key transatlantic newspapers are analyzed, as are the careers of influential newshounds and press barons reminiscent of James Gordon Bennett, Alfred Harmsworth, Joseph Pulitzer, W. T. Stead, T. P. O'Connor and William Randolph Hearst.

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Their books, periodicals and newspapers were of a reasonable standard of quality and they looked to a predictable world of print for the cultural reassurance they needed. On the other hand, customary expressions of popular culture continued to flourish among the masses of people who were beginning to populate urban centers in Britain and the United States. This was especially true in the former country, where pockets of working-class illiteracy (in places ranging as high as 50–60 per cent of the adult population) remained a serious problem until later in the century.

32 “The American Press,” British Quarterly Review, LIII (1871), 18. 33 Arnot Reid, “The English and the American Press,” Nineteenth Century, XXII (1887), 230; Henry W. Lucy, “American Newspapers,” Sell’s (1904), 107. For a sampling of antipathetic views of the American press, see E. M. ’: British Perceptions of American Journalism in the Nineteenth Century,” American Journalism: A Journal of Media History, XXIV (2007), 47–8, 51–2. 34 Delille, “American Newspaper Press,” 18–19, 28. 35 Richard Whiteing, “Old and New Journals,” T.

57 This century-long debate about popular journalism and the extent to which the American press presented a threat to the cultural stability of British life was waged with intensity because the stakes were seen to be high. It embodied opposing views about the nature of cultural dominance within the transatlantic world and, as well, the changing pattern of reciprocal cultural influences. Throughout most of the century Anglo-American literary culture was predominantly sustained and transmitted by means of book culture, which was much more firmly grounded in Britain than in the United States.

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