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The Internets are the Future, Part 1 Billion

Excellent article on Baltimore’s digital media (“Dateline: Online,” Feature, Aug. 3)! Michael Byrne provides an insightful analysis of what’s out there without hitting too hard on what’s not.

He doesn’t address the issue specifically, but at Investigative Voice, we believe digital is the wave of the future and that print journalism in Baltimore (and elsewhere) is nearing its last legs.

No doubt Thomas Jefferson, whom Byrne quotes in his lede sentence, would have been very happy about that: Late in his presidency, he referred to newspapers as a “polluted vehicle” and maintained that the man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them.

Alan Z. Forman

Managing Editor, Investigative Voice


Administrative Oversight

It is with dismay that I read Laura Dattaro’s review of Benjamin Ginsberg’s The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters (Books, Aug. 3). The lead-in to this article engaged in not so subtle character assassination of Ed Rhoulhac, a retiring vice provost of Johns Hopkins University.

Apparently without knowing him at all, Prof. Ginsberg is quoted as equating Rhoulhac with “the administrators [who] are here forever and ever and never did anything to begin with.”

In addition to Rhoulhac’s accolades mentioned in the JHU Gazette, I can only hope that a university professor would assign some value to all of the JHU graduate programs that have emerged in the last 20 years. The faculty, who have initiated them, have relied on Ed Rhoulhac’s complete devotion to the academic mission to get these programs structured to meet the various accreditation requirements and best serve students. Faculty do not have the regulatory knowledge to make these programs a reality. Ed Rhoulhac does. Thousands of students and faculty have benefitted. I take no position on Prof Ginsberg’s book, but merely suggest that, when judging a colleague (or anyone), the judgment honor the particular facts rather than disseminate stereotypes.

Dr. David G. Nichols

Mary Wallace Stanton Professor of Education, Professor of Anesthesiology/Critical Care Medicine and Pediatrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine


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