This is a very good piece of writing. Ever since Ronald Reagan became Governor of California in 1967 the downfall of journalism started, and it's become worse and worse every year. What he introduced was the idea that making money was the be-all and end-all of human endeavor. Forget about making money. "I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love." Or maybe it started with Samuel Johnson. "No man but a blockhead ever wrote except for money." Forget about making money, write for the pure joy of making a single good sentence, or two, or three...or a whole book of good sentences. That's the point of writing. Pure joy.

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