Wednesday, September 28, 2011

27 september 2011

Several times this year the LAT has turned over prime front page real estate to götterdämmerung moments for neighborhoods or towns or, in the case of today's A1, entire civilizations. Joe Mozingo's story on the twilight of the Kumeyaay is a well wrought (and heartbreaking) example of this kind of reporting. Certainly journalists today have a deep well of personal experience to draw on when crafting these stories, and maybe that's partly why they're such affecting reads. Of course we are all living in a time of exceptional cultural, economic, and political upheaval, so maybe these stories are natural expressions of the zeitgeist (at this point i'd like to point out that I've used pretty much all the German i know in a single paragraph--Vielen Dank und gute Nacht!), stalactites in our collective cultural cave.

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