There are a lot of people making hay with "new media." Bloggers are influencing politics at the local, national and international level. Some folks (certainly not me) are making money with their blogs. How much of this work is truly independent? I would suggest that a tiny sliver of it stands on its own. Humor columnist Jeff Kramer, in a piece published in the Syracuse Post Standard, got my attention when he wrote that most "new media" are just parasites clinging to the droopy rump of a struggling host animal. Wow. He's making a point that newspapers still set the standard for news, that print media is the engine driving the train.
For 24 hours, let the shock jocks, "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," the bloggers and the rest of the "new media" darlings run with the ball. We'll see how far they get when they don't have their cloddish "old media" brother clearing a path through the clutter.
TV Anchor Person: "Good evening, everyone. Normally this is when we rehash what we read in this morning's paper, but because The Post-Standard and every other newspaper didn't publish today, all we have is this breaking story about a cat named Snuggles playing with a large sock."