Old Media Always Afraid of New Media… Even Back in 1929
from the history-lesson dept
Petrea Mitchell reminds us that “old media” always ends up reacting poorly to “new media” no matter what we’re talking about. As an example she points to this story about theaters (the kind that put on plays) fearing new-fangled radio broadcasters back in 1929:
Once upon a time, complimentary theatre tickets would come with a covering note like this: “Dear Sir, The Management of the —— Theatre will be much obliged if you will very kindly co-operate with them in safeguarding the enclosed invitation from being used for the purpose of broadcasting a notice of the play from any station of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The invitation is intended to meet the convenience of legitimate journalism, exclusive of broadcasting.” Dated 10 October 1929 and quoted in Ego: The Autobiography of James Agate (1935)
That’s right. If you were a journalist who was given free tickets, you could report about it the newspaper, but heaven forbid you talk about it on the “radio.” Why, that would just be bad.