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The Highest Form of Mention

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The long-running comic strip Doonesbury recently spent a half-dozen strips chronicling one family’s return to newspapers. Even after Zonker explains their virtues to teenage Sam, she still doesn’t get it. “It costs money, the content’s old, there are no links, you have to turn pages and it’s heavy!  Why would I go offline for this?” Zonker’s comeback (“Want to see me make a pirate hat?  Try this with your fancy computer!) exemplifies the despair that is standard among newsfolk of a certain age. The alternative is to expect that Sam will become a newspaper subscriber herself, once she gets her first