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"Does it open a new horizon for my thinking? Does it lead me to think new kinds of thoughts, that I would not otherwise perhaps have thought at all? These qualities are what [make] science fiction ...unique."
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'Chatterbox' News-Receptor  
  An appliance for listening to the news that lacked content controls.  

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He breakfasted in the suite, listening with half an ear to the news receptor, which was a common "chatterbox" installation, without selective controls.
Technovelgy from Methuselah's Children, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Astounding Science-Fiction in 1941
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Imagine how irritating it would be if you were forced to make do with a device that provided you with news - but which presented whatever stories were available in some order not determined by your own choice. Tedious!

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