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Take a Year--Take Two! 

Thanks for "A Year Without Journalism" [December 30] and its elitist response to the blogger and Internet advertising challenge, as if bloggers aren't journalists too. The same self-serving cries were heard from the monasteries when Gutenberg printed his Bible with movable type. And from the movie industry when television came along. But we're not going back to buggy whips. Sorry.

What the new citizen journalism means is that the prima donnas of press journalism, with their snobby pecking order, airs, pretensions, and delusions of grandeur, are outward bound, and good riddance. They give lip service to the concepts of democracy, equality, honesty, and free communication, but when true equality of access comes along they favor the continuing stranglehold information bottleneck represented by their jobs and their billionaire owners.

Newspaper advertising can't compete? Well, isn't that too bad. Welcome to the 21st century, guys. Thought you'd never get here. Take a year off. Take two, they're small. Nobody will ever miss you.

Neil Elliott


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