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Is There Too Much News? (S658b: 1908)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: The Northern Whig (Belfast) issue of 20 August 1908 (as well as several other sources from around that time) notes on a page ten story titled 'Is the Newspaper a Waste of Time?' that the "editor of the 'Young Man' publishes in his July number a collection of opinions of prominent men under the title 'Is There Too Much News?'" Wallace is one of the respondents mentioned. However, no such feature appears in that issue (nor is it listed in that volume's yearly index). Possibly, the article was viewed as contentious and another article substituted at the stage of proofs; in any case apparently all we now have of Wallace's views are what The Northern Whig (and others) secondarily reported of them, as given below. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S658B.htm

     . . . Dr. Russel Wallace says that there is far too much newspaper news, and that it is very antagonistic to thought. His best thought has come to him when away from all newspapers or when so much occupied by work and study as to give very little time to them. . . .

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