When Newspapers Were New, or, How Londoners Got Word of the PlagueMore HERE!
Daniel Defoe's novel about London's 1665 plague can help us understand new media. No, really.
The plague was abroad.
Londoners knew not where it had come from, only that it was upon Holland. "It was brought, some said from Italy, others from the Levant, among some goods which were brought home by their Turkey fleet; others said it was brought from Candia; others from Cyprus," Daniel Defoe wrote in the opening of his historical novel, A Journal of the Plague Year.