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Vanished jobs: Remember the pinsetter?

In journalism, we spend very little time looking back. Our culture -- blame the 24-hour news cycle, the Internet, attention deficit disorder, whatever -- covets the new. As journalists, we help perpetuate this malady by, among other things, including fancy charts in Monday's paper telling readers what's happening in the coming week even if we haven't done a comprehensive job of reporting what happened in the previous week.

Maybe it's because the fixation on what's next often annoys me, or maybe, paradoxically, it's my fancy new iPad, which makes looking at pictures rather exciting, but National Public Radio earlier this week caught my eye with an online photo gallery. It's about jobs that have vanished from this planet. I think the photos are worth looking at as the nation awaits the job growth politicians have been promising for months. The jobs that have vanished tell us something about what kinds of jobs will be created.

We don't have switchboard operators; Facebook does that now. We don't get milk delivered; movies come to our doorstep. We don't have lectors to spread the news; we have Twitter. We don't have typesetters around the office; we have the blog software I'm typing on. Thankfully, it didn't crash.

Enjoy .

By Michael S. Rosenwald  | April 7, 2010; 8:14 AM ET
Categories:  Story Picks  | Tags:  extinct jobs, jobs that don't exist anymore, vanished jobs  
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