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I get it: I’m older, but I’m totally hip, right?

By Susan Older August 16, 2015 I had a good spot in line at Gate F in DC’s Union Station a few weeks ago. I was there early, thanks to Uber. I was headed to New York in a business class car on an Acela Express train to have dinner with my son when I heard the […]

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Welcome to New York, terrorists: American justice wants to meet you

By Susan Older Nov. 14, 2009  As a New Yorker, I experienced the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center from a mere 10 blocks north. As an American, I can’t imagine a better place to try self-described 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged co-conspirators than in Manhattan federal court, just a […]

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Real World Media: the reinvention of journalism

By Susan Older Founder, Displaced Journalists and Real World Media Aug. 7, 2011 I refuse to give up on good journalism. I refuse to give up on displaced journalists, either. Not just the members of our Displaced Journalists community on the Web, on Facebook, Twitter (DPJournalists) and LinkedIn, but all journalists who can’t find a place where […]

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Readers can’t trust news sites that publish sloppy copy

By Susan Older May 15, 2011 A former colleague from UPI posted a comment on my Real World Media blog yesterday jokingly lamenting the fact that it took him a year to respond to my commentary of March 14, 2010, regarding sloppy copy. I responded that the issue is still relevant. As we all know, it seems […]

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The world needs good editors

By Susan Older March 14, 2010 One of the things that irritates me most about the layoffs and firings at newspapers, magazines and major websites these days is the fact that the people in charge have chosen replacements who don’t seem to care about the quality of the product.   Either that or they are […]

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Digital addiction: The dark side of technology

By Susan Older Oct. 27, 2009 When absolutely everyone on the plane is 35,000 feet high and clueless, something is terribly wrong. Excuse me. Is whatever’s on your laptop so enthralling that you can’t look up for, oh, I don’t know, 91 minutes? Or are you just bored with flying this plane? That’s the question that […]

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Apples to lemons: Microsoft’s new retail showrooms

By Susan Older Oct. 24, 2009 Hey, I love a blue screen of death as much as anyone, but I wouldn’t drive to the mall just to see one. I have a Mac. My husband has a PC.  This makes for hours of hilarious fun. When he starts to fire up his computer, I set […]

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“Fear and Loathing” in the American workplace

By Susan Older Oct. 11, 2009 Fear of being fired or laid off in this harsh economy is creating an environment that has all the trappings of what I would call, borrowing a phrase from the late Hunter S. Thompson, “fear and loathing” in the American workplace. I just gave up my livelihood rather than […]

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Clinton’s “vast right-wing conspiracy” quote: That’s not the news

By Susan Older Sept. 27, 2009 I’ve been putting off starting my Real World Media blog, but I came across a news peg today that left me anything but speechless.   I watched “Meet the Press” this morning, as I do every Sunday. David Gregory led with a terrific segment from an interview he conducted Friday with […]

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