To be, or not to be: that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
Must give us pause: there's the respect
That makes calamity of so long life;
For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
The pangs of despis'd love, the law's delay,
The insolence of office and the spurns
To Die, ends the dream, only those that Live dream of better, suffering as we seek it.
Real or not was on a Mission. The American revolution was real and coming to America. A town near you no less.
Did the English press report on such an event. By Jolly, you youngsters never knew your place in the Empire.
The American Revolution was not only a European media event because it was discussed throughout the European media, but also due to the fact that news from North America flowed from one European country to another. Often courier networks emerged that covered numerous cities – from Amsterdam and London to Vienna and Moscow. Interpretations of the events in North America by the media in the individual countries primarily aimed to relate them to domestic lines of political conflict. Nevertheless, there were also common European aspects. In many places, the debate on the rights and wrongs of the Americans and British contributed to the development of a critically reasoning political public. In addition, Europeans projected their sympathies and antipathies onto America. The media strategies used by the rebels to canvass support in Europe were astonishingly modern. Link
The fact that the Declaration of Independence was composed so as to have a powerful media impact makes clear how much the American politicians valued the importance and significance of such an effect. They had reached this conclusion through their experience in their own country. The American patriots could never have come together as a political party if they had not built up a network of correspondence and if many of the recently founded newspapers had not ensured that like-minded people in the 13 colonies could learn of one another and come to an agreement on a common platform regarding their interpretation of the situation and political goals. The communication between the colonies and the home country was outstripped by the communication in the colonies themselves. As a result, the borders between the 13 colonies became increasingly less important. Both aspects became significant contributing factors to American nation building. Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790) , one of the founding fathers of the USA, was directly involved in this process: as the postmaster general of the colonies he intensified and speeded up the post, and as a printer, publisher and newspaper editor, he brought publications onto the market that profited from the improved connections
The mass Media is an important part of spreading the word and an important part of spreading the message.
The Paul Revere's of the world are Tactical (as AP is), the ESPN's and Major market newspapers are Strategic.
Local fans are spreading the word that the Chiefs are a player on the national stage. The national pundits are hyper-critical of the Chiefs chances because of one person. The General leading the Chiefs into battle.
The skill with which the American patriots took advantage of public news coverage is demonstrated by the event that still today is seen as the opening of the struggle for independence: the Boston Tea Party. In order to express their opposition to British tax policy, the patriots organised a spectacular demonstration: dressed up as Mohawks, they stormed the trading ships of the East India Company and threw their cargo, several hundred crates of tea, overboard. This created an "unheard-of incident", about which the journalists of the Boston Gazette were well placed to report (they had been deeply involved in its preparation) and news of the event spread like wildfire. Other forms of resistance against the colonial power could have been more effective, but they would have generated less public commotion. In contrast, the Boston Tea Party as a performative act strikingly expressed the American interpretation of the conflict: the Indians as the contemporary symbol for America defended themselves against the indignities of British trade policy. The extension of the bone of contention from the specifics of tax policy to trade policy in general increased the potential for other states also suffering from the British trade monopoly in Northern America to identify with the patriots. The fact that the patriots were opposing this monopoly aroused the interest of third-party powers who caught whiff of an opportunity to increase their own share in the lucrative Atlantic trade.
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