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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Newspapers Continue to Decline: Why It Matters

Eric Alterman has written in a recent issue of The Nation about the continuing decline of newspapers.  While this is no longer news, the continuing decline after previous losses, is very significant.

As the late scholar of journalism, James W. Carey, wrote, the "vital habits" of democracy disappear in such a situation and we are left with "the quack, the charlatan, the jingo, and the terrorist."

This excellent piece by Alterman illuminates the sad information environment we are found in now -- an environment in which "verifiable truth becomes harder to find, while lies and misinformation become easier to exploit."

This does indeed help explain the rise of a Donald Trump.


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Newspapers Continue Their Decline: Why It Matters

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