Newspapers, TV and advertising aren't dying. There may be a few deaths in the family, but the distinguished line of TV, print and advertising inheritors can look forward to a continued life of citizenship.
For me, the key question is whether those of us working in the media embrace and adapt to the radical changes brought about by the Internet or pretend that we can somehow hop into a journalistic Way Back Machine and return to a past that no longer exists.
The problem with online journalism is that the parts are weaker than the aspirational whole. Handouts, hobbyists and hired guns can fill short-term voids, but the dilemma of modern journalism, in the long run, remains.
As more of us get Net access, we're getting the tools for the kind of representative democracy the Founders envisioned. Whoever wins the presidency will be faced with an electorate that is genuinely empowered.