Making News, Making Readers: The Creation of the Modern Newspaper Public in Nineteenth-Century France

  • Dean de la Motte


Rarely, if ever, is the mass press associated in the popular imagination with Utopian discourse or political idealism of any kind. It is a truism of our over-mediated society that the news has long been moving away from politics and toward entertainment. Yet it does not take a thinker as eminent as Neil Postman, whose Amusing Ourselves to Death (1985) explores the effects of television on public discourse in America, to realize that questions of social justice and political change (unless the latter involves violence or scandal) are of little interest to — and perhaps are incompatible with — the business of making the news.


French Press Social Question Early Socialist Popular Imagination Mass Press 
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