From The Past Pages Of Dawn: 1973: Fifty Years Ago: Got it all taped!

The tape-recorders are on - spinning away slowly but surely. We are the first people in the world to ensure instantaneous and comprehensive preservation of the oral tradition. They are there, the tapes, inside the National and Provincial Assemblies, in the High Courts of Judicature, in hostels, clubs, offices, private homes and hip-pockets. The popular after-dinner entertainment is to put on a full recording of a public meeting or highly revealing private conversations. The Beatles are out and so is the Beat. At Press conferences reporters shudder to ask a question unless they want to have a detailed...

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