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September 25, 2007

Sokolec: Comics, accidental learning lost with new media

John Stoehr

David Sokolec wrote to comment on my post yesterday about the problem (in my view) of newspapers trying to be like each other instead of different from each other. He observes, with insight and authority, that discussions about the future of newspapering usually don't take into account the commercial appeal of comics.

Apparently Gertrude Stein used to complain that she had to buy two copies of the International Herald Tribune because Picasso and his lover at the time both demanded to be the first one to read a strip called "The Katzenjammer Kids."

David points out that whatever new media does, it can't replicate (so far anyway) the happy surprise of accidental learning associated with reading a newspaper.

What newspapers provided-back when they were written for those who were literate-was information you were looking for placed next to information you were not.

Read more of David's commentary here.

Posted by John Stoehr at September 25, 2007 9:00 AM