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    A nice thing about having studied America between the civil war and WWI - I read a lot of newspapers and magazines and gives me context for a lot of false memes out there about the media and 'what sells'.

    Back in the day, big cities had several papers that actually COMPETED with each other because their business was to sell as many papers as possible.

    There is NOTHING easier to sell to the public than war and revolution. If the US media had wanted to sell the arab spring a big glorious adventure the US public would have eaten it up and lots of young men might have been inspired to go over there to fight just like many Americans went and fought in the Spanish revolution.

    Anyway, US journalism used to love armed conflict of any kind because they sold more papers that way. Actually, contrary to what you may believe, war sells even more than celebrity gossip and scandal. There was a publication called "The Police Gazette" that was extremely successful and made a lot of money but it still could not compete financially with newspapers.

    What this diary is showing is that the media has gone from caring about selling paper to a tool of corporatist propaganda.

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