Breaking the News: in the Age of Revolutions and Today

03oct4:00 pm5:30 pmBreaking the News: in the Age of Revolutions and TodayThis Presentation has been postponed until late Spring or Summer of 2022.

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When Rip Van Winkle woke from his nap and returned to his village, he found the place buzzing with a new and anxious energy. Having lived through the Revolution, villagers couldn’t stop talking about politics in “a busy, bustling, disputatious tone,” which old Rip found disorienting and disconcerting. The same can be said today as news seems to break by the minute on cable news and social media. In his talk, Professor Joseph Adelman will explore how Americans navigated changes in the news media during the American Revolution and the lessons they offer for handling news consumption today.


October 3, 2021 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm(GMT-04:00)


Irvington Public Library

12 South Astor Street

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