Thursday, March 22, 2007

Hobsbaum Grape Vine

Hobsbaum article shows how the idea of communication came in the "grape vine telegraph." The telegraph was a way slaves would get their news. Normally one slave would be sent to the post office to retrieve mail, and he would return with the news he just heard by the local white men at the post office. Ultimately slaves knew about the defeat of the South before anyone else knew. The "grape vine telegraph" was kept busy night and day. The news of great events were swiftly carried from one plantation to another. Today the concept of hearing the news from off the streets is more common than actually reading or watching about it.


At 1:35 PM, Blogger sfritz said...

Although news Via Word of mouth has grown in its importance. The main source for news continue's to be newspapers and television. The final outlet for news which to this day offers the fastest updates, seems to be news from the internet, because pages can be updated in as fast as a minute, email's and news websites, have turned into the new age grapevine telegraph

At 9:29 PM, Blogger A. Mattson said...

A good post and a good comment.

Booker T. Washington's article on the grapevine telegraph (not Hobsbaum) shows the connection between the postal services delivery of newspapers and letters and the word of mouth communicaiton that carried the information on through the South. Person to person communication is fed and sped by the mass media.


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