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The Silence of a Nation of Sheep

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"A Nation of Sheep," written by William J. Lederer has been on our literary radar screen for many years just because of the catchy title.   When we were presented with the chance to buy a used copy in BU (Brilliant Uncirculated) condition recently, at a bargain price, we snapped it up quickly.   Among the usual suspects list of places in Berkeley CA where a thrifty fellow can buy desirable additions for one's personal library at prices that won't destroy a tight budget, the number of available books that criticize American Journalism seems astoundingly high, until a proper assessment of the phenomenon is made.   The University located in Berkeley has a School of Journalism, so there is going to be a goodly number of teachers and students reading up on that subject.   There is also a number of folks who work in and around the San Francisco Bay area Journalism community who live in Berkeley.   There are also a few people still living in Berkeley who can tell stories about the golden age of underground newspapers because they worked for the Berkeley Barb and the Berkeley Tribe.

 

That, in turn, reminded us of the fact that the World's Laziest Journalist has intended for some time to write a column about the fact that Berkeley has no Press Club.   If some enterprising coffee shop owner (apparently the Berkeley Barb was started by a coffee shop owner who wanted a small "poopsheet" to hand out to his regular customers) wanted to fill his place on an "off" evening, he could set aside one night a week to make a special effort to attract "newsies" and start a de facto Press Club, where a herd of the boys could gather around and talk shop.

 

[We can use the sexist word "boys" because we heard a recent report about a new book on KCBS that reports that there is a paucity of women in the clique of reporters covering this year's Presidential Campaign.]

 

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