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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

Live News  
  The modern concept of a news broadcast.  

This is an amazingly accurate prediction of what a modern newscast is like - a good newscast, that is. Consider the fact that the first regular broadcasts of something as simple and functional as farm news and weather didn't happen until 1915.

Everyone is familiar with Fritz Napoleon Smith's system--a system made possible by the enormous development of telephony during the last hundred years. Instead of being printed, the Earth Chronicle is every morning spoken to subscribers, who, from interesting conversations with reporters, statesmen and scientists, learn the news of the day. Furthermore, each subscriber owns a phonograph, and to this instrument he leaves the task of gathering the news whenever he happens not to be in a mood to listen directly himself. As for purchasers of single copies, they can at a nominal cost learn all that is in the paper of the day at any of the innumerable phonographs set up nearly everywhere.
From In the Year 2889, by Jules Verne.
Published by Unknown in 1889
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