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SPREADING THE WORD
RICHARD T. STILLSON, UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA PRESS, $55, HARDCOVER; 800-755-1105.
This unique analysis of information providers and users during the California Gold Rush is a smart read. Much of what Stillson discusses relates to concerns of the media in the present day, especially in terms of prospectors trying to determine if the established media is credible or if they should be relying on "local" reports, referred to today as citizen journalism. Stillson’s book also includes useful appendixes to back up his intelligent, well-thought-out arguments. This book is a boon to the study of communications culture.