The modern paperback is born. The price, one-fifteenth
that of a hardcover, worries publishers -- and writers.
"The steady cheapening of books is in my opinion a great danger."--Harold
“It is…a great mistake to imagine that cheap books are good for the book
In the first twelve months, paperbacks sell 3 million
copies. By 2002, paperbacks will sell
600 million copies a year.
"...people want books...they want good books, and...they are willing, even
anxious, to buy them, if they are presented to them in a
straightforward, intelligent manner at a cheap price."--Allen
Lane, paperback publisher
24-hour news TV goes on the air. The first, CNN, is
called "Chicken Noodle News'...'a minor league video ticker tape'."
"We will stay on the air till the end of the world and then we will
cover the story and sign off playing 'Nearer My God to Thee.'"--Ted
Turner, CNN founder
1 billion people around the world watch the Gulf War on 24-hour news
"The very definition of news was rewritten -- from something that has
happened to something that is happening at the very moment you are hearing of
it. A war involving the fiercest air bombardment in history unfolded in real
time -- before the cameras. The motherland of communism overthrew its leaders
and their doctrine -- before the cameras. To a considerable degree, especially
in Moscow, momentous things happened precisely because they were being seen as
I grew up in a house overflowing with books, with parents who wrote them. I
remember running up the stairs to the shelves, and into a new world. Each
book was a window into another place, into someone else's heart and soul.
Blogs have the same effect. They share elements of other communication
revolutions: like paperbacks, they have low production costs, originality and
wide distribution; like 24-hour news TV, they are real-time,
accessible and create immediate feedback loops.
Reflecting a world where people are rapidly growing more connected, and threats
are global, blogs represent "...a
model that actually harnesses rather than merely exploits the true democratic
nature of the web...a new medium finally finding a unique voice."