I've come back from the West Coast to find the journalism fray waiting for me, hungry as ever. Until I get some longer, meatier posts pulled together, enjoy this plain out f'ing funny missive from NPR on their new media efforts. It's a lovely satire of older media's tendencies to plunge into the new without really, well, getting it.
Of course, NPR, defying conventional wisdom, has a larger market share and more listeners than ever, so they're laughing all the way to the bank. That makes some of the above barbs particularly apt, as they've thrived by not just rolling with the punches of new media, but in some ways actively defying what one is supposed to do in such an environment (turns out plenty of people like long-form analysis just fine, especially in an info-heavy environment). It also proves they have something absolutely vital in a fractious media age: a sense of humor.
Also, for those of us who grew up regularly listening to NPR, hearing those uniquely solemn radio voices utter things like "I'm dumping your ass" is priceless.
(a tip o' the hat to Quinn Norton for showing me this little gem)