Wednesday, July 9, 2014

#191 / 125 Years Of News

The first edition of The Wall Street Journal was published on July 8, 1889, which means that The Journal had its 125th birthday yesterday. Currently, The Wall Street Journal is far and away the newspaper in the United States with the largest weekday circulation. Maybe it's doing something right (but let me assure you that I don't advocate for its editorial policies).

If you like history, you can browse through what The Journal thinks are some of the "big issues" of the past. The picture shows President Roosevelt during a radio broadcast in which the President advocated for the Social Security Bill. The "Big Issues" section doesn't say whether or not The Journal's editorial page stood with the President on Social Security. Want to take a bet?

There is a lot about the past in yesterday's newspaper. But yesterday's Journal also speculated on the future. Taylor Swift thinks "It's Too Soon To Write Off The Album," and Bill Ford seems to be contemplating a future that accommodates the Google self-driving car, in his prognostication titled "Why We Can't Simply Sell More Automobiles."

Reviewing the past and contemplating the future: always a good thing to do, since the world we most immediately inhabit is the one we create ourselves. 

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