How newspapers of the 1800s foreshadowed today’s digital news

Newspapers from the 1800s may have been ahead of their time, publishing listicles and aggregated content. It was common practice for newspapers in the 19th century to reprint content such as poems and lists of facts from other newspapers, aggregating more content than they were actually producing. Lists or tables of information were also popular story formats, many of which Northeastern professor Ryan Cordell, who researches 19th-century newspapers, says he could see his friends sharing on Facebook today.