A newspaper so printed and distributed would have no need for the giant presses now used, or the pressmen; no need for linotypes or for any type, unless the original editions are set in type; no need for the fleets of trucks which now distribute the papers; no need for newsboys and corner newsstands.
But who pays for the receiving sets in the subscribers’ homes? Would such a paper be free or operate on a nickel-in-the-slot plan? Who pays and who profits? The engineering, as is so often the case in this off-phase century, is several laps ahead of the economics. It’s as if the violin had been built before there were any violin players.
—“Will Your Newspaper Come by Radio?” by Robert M. Yoder, November 23, 1946
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