The Early 1730s Shipworm Disaster in Dutch News Media

Koopmans, J. W., May-2016, In : Dutch Crossing. 40, 2, p. 139-150 12 p.

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This article investigates the interaction between society, government and news
media during the 1730s shipworm disaster in the Netherlands. It focuses on the
quality of the information news media provided and the effects the governmental
use of news media while addressing the population had in activating them to
fight against the shipworm. The article demonstrates that newspapers did not
neglect the topic for at least two years following the discovery of the shipworm,
nor did they include much information about governmental policies against
the disaster. However, more news circulated in pamphlets and news digests,
many of which were advertised in the newspapers. The article concludes that
the news media reacted soberly to the shipworm disaster.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-150
Number of pages12
JournalDutch Crossing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May-2016

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