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Fending off the dental hygienists …

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Singing in this nation is almost 100 percent volunteer. That’s what will happen to newspapers. In the future, a dental hygienist will take two days off, travel to Berkeley to interview the latest Nobel Prize winner, write an article, then return to her job. […]

[Former journalists] will get ordinary jobs: in bowling alleys, Wal-Marts, hat shops.

I’ve seen a lot of crackpot theories about the future of journalism, but this may be the silliest. Well, aside from the hat shop part. In the New Depression, I could see a lot of journalists picking up extra cash in the haberdasherial arts, sure.

[Fun fact about haberdashers from Wikipedia: I am using the word wrong. “A haberdasher is a person who sells small articles for sewing, such as buttons, ribbons and zippers. In U.S. English, haberdasher is another term for a men’s outfitter. Obsolete meanings of the term “haberdasher” refer to a “dealer in, or maker of, hats and caps.”]

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Written by Elizabeth

February 9, 2009 at 10:18 pm

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