I've been away (visiting relatives) and shirking my bloggerly duties, so please allow me to suggest that if you read one essay today, it should be this one, by Clay Shirky, thinking the unthinkable about the future of news media:
When reality is labeled unthinkable, it creates a kind of sickness in an industry. Leadership becomes faith-based, while employees who have the temerity to suggest that what seems to be happening is in fact happening are herded into Innovation Departments, where they can be ignored en masse. This shunting aside of the realists in favor of the fabulists has different effects on different industries at different times. One of the effects on the newspapers is that many of their most passionate defenders are unable, even now, to plan for a world in which the industry they knew is visibly going away.Read it on the web because you won't read it in your newspaper ... his diagnosis fits the disease: the only problem is, nobody knows how to cure it.