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Classics Institute - Computing Words: The Way We Publish Now

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Published on Apr 25, 2019

Forty years ago, America had a newspaper and magazine industry unrivaled in history: hundreds of daily papers, thousands of monthly journals—pouring out hundreds of thousands of print pages. And now, we have . . . the Internet. Print circulation collapsed, and print revenues cratered. Ads went away, reporting staff disappeared, and the world of writing and publishing turned into something different—maybe disastrously different, maybe wondrously different, but profoundly changed from what the industry of words had been before.

Come hear a panel discuss that change on April 24, at Dakota State University. It’s all part of The Cultural Consequences of Computers, an ongoing lecture series hosted by Dakota State’s cyber-ethics think-tank, the Classics Institute, with funding help from the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Moderated by Dr. Joseph Bottum, director of the Classics Institute, the panel’s participants include:

• Richard Starr, an editor at the Weekly Standard from 1995 to 2018, who previously worked as an editor at the Washington Times, the National Interest, the Public Interest, Insight, and the American Spectator.

• Lauren Weiner, former congressional staffer and Pentagon speech writer, who worked at the Washington Times and has served since 2014 as associate editor of Law & Liberty, an online publication.

• Micah Mattix, chair of English and Communication at Regent University, who is literary editor of the American Conservative and edits a daily email newsletter on books and arts called Prufrock.

• Jon M. Hunter, publisher of the Daily Leader, the print newspaper in Madison, South Dakota.

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