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People have been aware of the basic facts for a while, but not its prevalence or significance. Also, nobody is as zealous as a new convert. Everyone wants to raise awareness of what they've just noticed themselves, even if others had noticed it long before. Thus thousands of articles have been written by journalists and bloggers about the same few things, while hundreds of HNers happily submit and upvote every one here even when they're redundant or poorly written.

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