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Benjamin Franklin’s Clippings, Circa 1730

August 6, 2012 | by

An illustrated series of short news items written by Benjamin Franklin for The Pennsylvania Gazette. News at that time was fueled by hearsay and favored brief, outlandish anecdote. Where Franklin was running his paper in a wilderness devoid of information, we now operate in a wilderness so granite-packed with information that perhaps we now feel just as isolated, just as in the dark. These represent the dawn of American journalism, but I think in the present climate we’re moving back in that direction.

Jason Novak works at a grocery store in Berkeley, California, and changes diapers in his spare time.

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  1. Isaac | August 6, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    Jason Novak is basically the man

  2. Sadie Stein | August 7, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Agreed!

  3. Suzy | August 9, 2012 at 11:54 am

    Love the style of your drawing. Franklin in one of my favorites!

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