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Why the Decline of Newspapers Is Good for Everyone Else

By Neil Irwin, Washington Post - August 8, 2013

I started working at The Washington Post on June 5, 2000. It was in the same building we work in now, but it was very much a different place.

We were just on the cusp between one media age and another, even if not everybody understood that yet. One particularly vivid symbol of the earlier era was this: Every day, sitting in the cafeteria, there was a table of middle-aged deaf men. They sat there all day playing cards, drinking coffee and speaking in sign language.

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