Blogging, Now and Then (250 years ago)

Robert Darnton
Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the Harvard University Library
NOVEMBER 17, 2010 (WEDNESDAY)
Columbia University Faculty House, Seminar Room, 2nd floor, 6:30PM

“Blogging, Now and Then (250 years ago)”

Long before the Internet, Europeans exchanged information in ways that
anticipated blogging. The key element of their information system was the
“anecdote,” a term that meant nearly the opposite then from what it means
today. Anecdotes, dispensed by “libellistes” and “paragraph men,” became a
staple in the daily diet of news consumed by readers in eighteenth-century
France and England. They were also pilfered, reworked, and served up in
books. By tracking anecdotes through texts, we can reassess a rich strain
of history and literature.

Please note special time & location:
Columbia University Faculty House, Seminar Room, 2nd floor, 6:30PM
Map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/faculty_house.html

This event is free and open to the public.


Autor: Klaus Graf

Historiker und Archivar, Blogger

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