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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Personalized News  
  First reference to news that is customized to the needs of each individual subscriber.  

Efficiency is the rule in the world of Ralph 124C 41+. For example, sleep is no longer the slothful waste of time that it is today.

The morning "newspapers" were transmitted to the sleeping subscribers by wire at about 5 a.m. The newspaper office, notified by each subscriber what kind of news is desirable, furnished only such news.
From Ralph 124c 41 +, by Hugo Gernsback.
Published by Modern Electrics in 1911
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The early 20th century saw the development of the first real mass media - radio. Total newspaper circulation in the United States reached 15 million by 1900. Television would be demonstrated soon after the publication of this book.

As you can see in this picture, published by Gernsback in 1934, he thought about transmitted newspapers for a long time.

Gernsback was already thinking about individualized news. To read about a printed version, see the discussion of homeopape from Philip K. Dick's 1964 novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch and the personal interest profile from Arthur C. Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise.

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