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Er, sorry, you still read newspapers because why now?

Posted By Kathy Shaidle On March 16, 2010 @ 12:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments

The Chicago Tribune’s Ron Grossman writes:

I took a quick survey in the newsroom the other day, something between a Rorschach test and a pop quiz, asking younger colleagues to identify an iconic photograph [see photo above] of World War II.

While some instantly recognized the image, others couldn’t quite place it.

Extremely disturbing on many levels.

You can say, “Well, kids these days don’t learn the right things in school” and you’d be absolutely correct. But I didn’t learn about Iwo Jima in school, either. I learned about it through old Life magazines and then-new (1970s) Time magazines and from TV shows and old movies. Heck, there’s a Johnny Cash song about one of the men in that photo.

What should really disturb you is not just that these young, “educated” people didn’t recognize this image after almost 20 years of public education.

You should ask yourself how and why kids who “want to get into the media” apparently managed not to consume any media before they decided to major in it.

Or maybe they just consume media produced by the likes of Tom %$#&ing Hanks.


The teacher said the internment took place after the United States declared war on Japan.

There is no mention or discussion of Pearl Harbor.

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