October 23, 2003

Poe & the press

From the short story (the second featuring Dupin, and ratiocination -- I wonder how many people think of Poe, who invented the genre, when they think of detective fiction) The Mystery of Marie Roget:

We should bear in mind that, in general, it is the object of our newspapers rather to create a sensation -- to make a point -- than to further the cause of truth. The latter end is only pursued when it seems coincident with the former.

How little things have changed...

Posted by Ideofact at October 23, 2003 11:53 PM