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Add the Paul Graham “News” quote.

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File t2/humour/fortunes/fortunes-shlomif-ids-data.yaml

       date: 2008-07-04T09:17:00Z
     paul-graham-meaning-of-hackery: 
       date: 2008-07-04T09:17:00Z
+    paul-graham-news-that-are-not-news: 
+      date: 2012-10-06T10:41:17Z
     paul-graham-newspapers-vs-blogs: 
       date: 2008-08-15T14:31:58Z
     paul-graham-people-who-do-great-work: 

File t2/humour/fortunes/paul-graham.xml

                 </info>
             </quote>
         </fortune>
+        <fortune id="paul-graham-news-that-are-not-news">
+            <meta>
+                <title>Paul Graham - News that are not News</title>
+            </meta>
+            <quote>
+                <body>
+                    <p>
+                        And when I read, say, New York Times stories, I never
+                        reach them through the Times front page. Most I find
+                        through aggregators like Google News or Slashdot or
+                        Delicious. Aggregators show how much better you can do
+                        than the channel. The New York Times front page is a
+                        list of articles written by people who work for the New
+                        York Times. Delicious is a list of articles that are
+                        interesting. And it's only now that you can see the two
+                        side by side that you notice how little overlap there
+                        is.
+                    </p>
+
+                    <p>
+                        Most articles in the print media are boring. For
+                        example, the president notices that a majority of
+                        voters now think invading Iraq was a mistake, so he
+                        makes an address to the nation to drum up support.
+                        Where is the man bites dog in that? I didn't hear the
+                        speech, but I could probably tell you exactly what he
+                        said. A speech like that is, in the most literal sense,
+                        not news: there is nothing new in it.
+                    </p>
+
+                    <p>
+                        Nor is there anything new, except the names and places,
+                        in most "news" about things going wrong. A child is
+                        abducted; there's a tornado; a ferry sinks; someone
+                        gets bitten by a shark; a small plane crashes. And what
+                        do you learn about the world from these stories?
+                        Absolutely nothing. They're outlying data points; what
+                        makes them gripping also makes them irrelevant.
+                    </p>
+
+                    <p>
+                        As in software, when professionals produce such crap,
+                        it's not surprising if amateurs can do better. Live by
+                        the channel, die by the channel: if you depend on an
+                        oligopoly, you sink into bad habits that are hard to
+                        overcome when you suddenly get competition.
+                    </p>
+
+                </body>
+                <info>
+                    <author>Paul Graham</author>
+                    <work href="http://www.paulgraham.com/opensource.html">“What
+                        Business Can Learn from Open Source” (Footnote)</work>
+                </info>
+            </quote>
+        </fortune>
     </list>
 </collection>

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