Blogging = Talkies
I don't much abide with blog triumphalism. There is nothing in the blog form that makes people who practice it inherently superior to practicioners of other forms of communication.
But, having said that, I agree with Greg Sargent and Jane Hamsher that what we are seeing in the recent spate of tut-tuts from establishment media figures, like Joe Klein, over the "cesspool" that is the blogosphere is primarily the realization on their part that they are facing serious competition from a whole group of fresh faces who "don't play by the rules".
Like the silent film stars of old whose careers were destroyed by the advent of movies with sound, today's establishment pundits and journalists are seriously worried that blogging represents an existential threat to their livlyhood.
They have good reason to be worried. And, for most of them, they have no one to blame but themselves.