Of course, newspapers do not necessarily reflect changing times, at least not accurately. In fact, the media often frame events according to their own agendas. News values, for example, determine the placement of an article on the basis of its perceived “newsworthiness.” News values include familiarity, conflict, predictability, personalization and reference to elite individuals, to name but a few.
Agendas also reflect political positions. By today’s standards, this front page from the Detroit Times is rather chilling. “Atom Bomb Hits Japan,” proclaims the headline, followed by the words, in red, “Turns Steel Buildings Into Gas.” Triumphant and awestruck, the opening paragraphs continue to emphasize the destructive power of the bomb.