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So long to the mild manners

I guess it had to happen:

In Superman issue 13, the Man of Steel's alter ego, mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, quits the Metropolis newspaper that has been his employer since the DC Comics superhero's earliest days in 1940.

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Sigh. I could have gone all week without reading this:


The number of Americans reading print newspapers, magazines and books is in rapid decline.

Point? Click? What?

You've seen all those stories about "kids today" or "teens today" who have known only a world with cell phones, or only a world with Internet acess and blah blah blah. We've finally come to this:

Posted in: Web/Tech

Hey, you loser

An essay in the Wall Street Journal explores "Why We Are So Rude Online":

Why are we so nasty to each other online? Whether on Facebook, Twitter, message boards or websites, we say things to each other that we would never say face to face. Shouldn't we know better by now?

Call waiting

I got a kick out of this report on WANE-TV about the Verizon outage Friday morning:

For five hours Friday, several Verizon customers in the Fort Wayne area didn't have service.  Service has since been restored, but without the use of a cell phone, many people had a tough time communicating.

Posted in: Our town, Web/Tech

Ink war

Holy cow, an honest-to-goodness newspaper war in New Orleans:

When The Times-Picayune decided to print three days a week, a nearby publication saw a chance to expand in the newspaper's backyard and fill a void that for some in the New Orleans area is as much a part of the morning routine as beignets and French coffee.

Book lovers

We see you!

Magazine wreck

"Misery loves company" department:


NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. magazine sales fell nearly 10% in the first half of 2012, a troubling sign for print publishers that suggests Americans are still being careful about discretionary spending.

Piano bench