One other point: Kinsley presents an argument for why people who get their news on the Internet feel that newspaper articles are often too long. It’s less clear that newspaper articles are too long, or too laden with quotes, for people who read newspapers—and there are, despite everything, still a fair number of them. Washington Post ombudsman Andy Alexander wrote the other day that only 19 percent of the Post’s print readers also read its Web site. That seemed awfully low, but Greg Harmon of Belden Interactive told me that the figure, while probably on the low side of industry norms, was unsurprising.

The fact that a lot of people still read newspapers, and only newspapers, suggests that they may like—or at least, feel accustomed to—the way newspaper stories are written. That doesn’t mean that we don’t have to think about better ways to write both on the Web and in print, of course, or cope with the many other challenges posed by the shifting and fragmentary nature of the audience. But while we’re out there creating the new model, there are still people who like getting their paper in the morning, and newspapers should continue to serve them.

Greg Marx is a CJR staff writer. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.