As for the growing popularity of the sites, the reasons vary.
“The Web allows anyone to be a publisher,” said Alexander Halavais, an assistant professor of communication at the University at Buffalo. “It’s not that people are not getting enough news. It’s that they’re looking to connect the facts to a larger culture, to make sense of the news.”
So, even if the Lehrer News Hour doesn’t want me, at least I’m performing my duty as a public intellectual when it comes to the newspapers. I need to remember to write some letters to the editor sometime. You know, old school blog entries.