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A Name Best Used In An Obit

One of the regrettable realities about life in the Information Age is how quickly the outrage of the moment becomes a forgotten relic of the past. Maybe we’re so bombarded by the controversies and “nontroversies” of the here-and-now that the space in our brains simply gets too filled up to keep track of anything that happened much past last week’s calamity. I have no proof for this. It’s just a theory I began forming Monday morning when – still in the grog of sleep – I heard a radio news announcer speak the name of one of the planet’s worst bags of scum. Joseph Duncan. Hearing it jarred me instantly awake. I know some of you reading this are feeling what I felt at first, that strange inner-cranial itch that comes with having your memory tickled. Joseph Duncan? Oh, yeah. Isn’t he the … Let me help. Duncan is the boogeyman/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: How come we forget calamities so quickly?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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