National Newspaper Week

Tuesday, October 7, 2008
This year's theme could have been better. Really the best they could come up with was celebrating public notices? Not investigative journalism, government accountability, or bringing information to voters in an intelligent non-stump kind of way (that would have been my choice for 2008).

But, it's National Newspaper Week! So choose a theme that you like better than one that has the tagline "good government on display," and buy a newspaper -- a copy, a subscription, or a failing company in need of fresh blood. Enjoy the ink stains.

Somewhat heart-warmingly, South Carolina seems to have it's own--admittedly optimistic--theme: "Newspapers.... Still going strong."

While that poor use of an ellipsis strikes me as both ominous and annoying, it is true that local newspapers--which are the type of newspapers promoted--are going strong.

Let's keep it that way.

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