Daily newspapers will one day provide the most intriguing episodes in the story of how traditional media was tortured and tamed by the digital new wave. But the winners are starting to draw away from the losers in a race many will not finish. Try this hot four of traditional media companies in Europe and the US.
The Huffington Post UK's very own Carla Buzasi was named Online Editor of the Year at the prestigious Online Media Awards
What's wrong with newspapers? We could spend the next year struggling to answer the question, while traipsing through the undergrowth of the internet, of consumer tastes and news appetite, and of the competition for time, money and advertising. Newspapers are, of course, a format, not a media channel.
It feels slightly retro to be writing a piece about newspapers. Remember those? Silly, old fashioned, cumbersome things that left you with inky fingers and something to wrap your chips in. Believe it or not they're still around, and every day thousands of journalists put their heart and soul into producing them.
This is a story of three octogenarians. It is 60 years since the death, aged 88, of (William) Randolph Hearst, now the world's second most famous newspaperman. The fearsome publisher-cum-politician, who is debited with creating "yellow journalism", was lampooned in Orson Welles' 1941 movie, Citizen Kane.
A friend emailed me this week asking for contributions to his blog - one of the questions was - Is print media dead?
Britain's children have lost the fine art of socialising. A whole generation has been brought up with their heads in laptops, furiously typing away, oblivious to the world around them. If you - like me - have not already surrendered to the beast, you are considered an alien.
So is that it? Is it the return of the end of history? Has the Arab Spring proved that new social media will blow the lid on closed political systems? Are Twitter and Facebook, as Hilary Clinton's advisor has labelled them, "The Che Guevara of the 21st Century", only with bigger IPOs?
The "Arab Spring" is the most spectacular example of the dispersal of power. Before visiting the region, I was somewhat sceptical of the extravagant claims made about social media's role in the revolutions. But having visited Tunisia and spoken to activists there, I no longer think you can understand what happened without analysing the role that social media played.