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How the Humble Coffee House Birthed Modern Media and Society

An extra chapter from ‘The Attention Merchants’ explains the connection between your morning coffee and your morning news

Illustration: Oscar Bolton Green

In this unpublished chapter from Tim Wu’s The Attention Merchants, Wu explains how the coffeehouse came to be not just a social hub, but the center of news

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Tim Wu

Tim Wu

Professor at Columbia University; author of “The Curse of Bigness,” “The Attention Merchants,” and “The Master Switch;” veteran of Silicon Valley & Obama Admin.

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