Sunday, April 26, 2009

The unripened word

He was off by two centuries and a medium or two, but it was, nevertheless, the great French writer and bureaucrat Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine who, in an 1831 letter, foretold all: Before this century shall have run out, Journalism will be the whole press - the whole human thought. Since that prodigious multiplication art has given to speech - to be multiplied a thousand-fold yet - mankind will write their book day by day, hour by hour, page by page. Thought will spread abroad in the world with the rapidity of light; instantly conceived, instantly written,...

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