After more than 70 years, Clark Kent quit this fall. He left hislongtime gig as a reporter for the Daily Planet to—whatelse?—become a full-time blogger. Clark Drudge? Perez Kent? Theyjust don’t have the same ring to it.

After more than 80 years, Newsweek quit in October. TheTime magazine rival couldn’t survive its two-yearexperiment with Tina Brown and the Daily Beast and is goingdigital-only next year behind a pay wall. And, quite frankly, fromwhat I’ve seen, it’s probably best it’s behind some kind ofwall.

Even voting now has become less an exercise in punching holesand drawing a curtain closed. My wife mailed her ballot in weeksahead of time, and I stepped up to a touchscreen and voted as if itwere some new level of Angry Birds.

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