Sunday, November 7, 2010

modern anthropology

The Whitechapel Club in Chicago, founded in 1889 and named after the London site of some of the crimes of Jack the Ripper, was a gathering place for reporters. The club was decorated with mementos of crimes - murder weapons, human skulls, and a coffin-shaped table; the reporters glamorized their familiarity with the rawness of city life while also creating the atmosphere of a college fraternity. But the club had an important practical function, too, for reporter’s criticized one another's work there. Reporters became as sensitive to the reception of their stories at the Club as to the judgments of their city editors.