"The more I read the news, the more it looks to me that four words are becoming obsolete and destined to be dropped from our vocabulary. And those words are ‘privacy,’ ‘local,’ ‘average’ and ‘later.’ A lot of what drives today’s news derives from the fact that privacy is over, local is over, average is over and later is over. Lord knows I have no sympathy for the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, but .  .  . ” (“Four Words Going Bye-Bye,” Thomas L. Friedman, New York Times, May 20).

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