steepholm (steepholm) wrote,
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Imagine a World Where The Daily Mail was Honest About Its Motives...

Why imagine, when we have this account of a robbery and execution from 1783? The thing that strikes me is this frank admission by the writer:

This robbery was so peculiarly inhuman and aggravated, that the circumstances attending it are too interesting to the public not to be given in detail.

Nothing about our "right to know", or "the public interest". Just honest, old-fashioned prurience. It does your heart good.
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