At the suggestion of one of my readers, @zeron+, I have looked into AmericanRadioHistory.com with a view to reprinting some of their public domain scanned matter. I intend to credit every source I draw on and will appreciate a reminder if not.
If you live in the United States, or are familiar with United States policy disputes, you are probably aware that the (US) FCC is collecting comments on their Internet regulatory policy known as “network neutrality”.
Unsurprizingly, people are accusing other people of astroturfing by making fake comments on the proposed changes. I checked to see if my name was so (mis)used and found that there was someone of the same name – and same views – living on the other side of the country!
I was born far too late to have lived through either of the “Red scares”, but that doesn’t mean their detritus isn’t available for me to find. Here is one example:
The publisher of this one is far from “lost”: The American Bar Association is still around, probably as strong as ever. Their “Standing Committee on Education against Communism”, however, appears to no longer exist.
Starting to talk about a news magazine of the past, it seems meta to make the first post on it be about news papers it covered.
TItles of Prison-Papers
Published in the Religion and Social Service section of the January 22, 1916 edition of the Literary Digest is an article on “The New Prison-Journalism” with these examples of name plates of various prison news papers. We see, in approximately top to bottom, then left to right order:
The Index – too generic a name to be able to find out where it was published
The Bulletin – same as above, but appears to say “California”.
Aside of the titles, the article presents the feeling of the time as one of reform and improvement, both of society and self. Maybe it will come again?
My town supervisor (think mayor, but bigger) has a “cute” AOL Email address on his business card. It’s one letter different from “huckster”. If they weren’t shutting it down, I’d try and send him a message on AIM.