I like a lot of what Bora Z has to say, but ...
That magic "but" ...
While I'm not a blanket defender of "old media" in any way, I think he's a bit too ... PR-ish, shall we say, about the bright, shiny future of "new media."
Contra McLuhan, in this case, the medium is not necessarily the message; it's just a vehicle.
Latest cast in point? Bora's first extended blog on Scientific American.
First, not everyone's objection to the "mainstream media" was over, say, finding self-reinforcing quotable people for the story, as it was the particular self-reinforcing quotable people. (Yes, that happened, and still does, in the MSM.) I.e., the people who produce Faux News continue to do this, and the people who watch eat it up! That all goes hand in hand with some recent surveys about how Faux watchers are the most misinformed.
Beyond that, Bora seems to assume that the new media wouldn't do that. (Your silence gives free play to my assumption.) Bullcookies, sir.
Next, if blogs are partially replacing mainstream media, and actually writing news stories, not just brief blog posts, shouldn't we hold them to the same standards on correct spelling, which Bora seems to poo-poo a bit, not to mention correct grammar, which he doesn't even address.
To be a bit snarky, yet serious, isn't this a bit of "soft bigotry of low expectations"? Arguably, yes.
If blogs are going to be "serious," Bora, that includes spelling, grammar, style consistency and other things.