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Linkbait: News from ’14

A short little link here that I find pretty cool. The Twitter account @NEWS_XX14 tweets headlines from newspapers published on the same day in 1914. On one level, it’s something of a reminder of the commonalities between our news reporting today and that of the previous century.

The thing about running newspapers from one hundred years ago, though, is that we’re coming up on some big events. If you were paying attention to the news a month ago, you may have heard about the anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the proximate cause of World War I. We’re just now starting to see some of the news stories showing the lead-up to open war:

The description for the Twitter account archly misquotes Nassim Nicholas Taleb, saying “To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous [century’s] newspapers” (the original quote says “week” instead of “century”), but I’ve come to find the feed fascinating. Maybe it’s just my background in history, but I think watching past events slowly unfold, as opposed to reading about months and years of events in one sitting, provides a neat perspective. Of course, it hasn’t exactly inspired me to read newspapers either, so maybe the point still stands.

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