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Saturday, Oct 17, 2009
by PopMatters Staff
by Matt Welch
Reason Magazine (November 2009)

“The defeat of communism 20 years ago was the most liberating moment in history. So why don’t we talk about it more? ... Twenty years later, the anniversary of that historic border crossing was noted in exactly four American newspapers, according to the Nexis database, and all four mentions were in reprints of a single syndicated column. August anniversaries receiving more media play in the U.S. included the 400th anniversary of Galileo building his telescope, the 150th anniversary of the first oil well, and the 25th anniversary of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. A Google News search of “anniversary” and “freedom” on August 23, 2009, turned up scores of Woodstock references before the first mention of Hungary.”


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