Okay, so I should probably stop linking to every new column Annalee Newitz writes, but she's just so right. Why does it seem no one else is writing about the promises and implications of technology like she does? Anyway, I think she's got a great point about digital publishing versus traditional:
But books can be burned. All copies of a book can be wiped out by one crappy political regime bent on censorship. Online it's much more difficult to burn a book. Just try deleting a book or movie or sound file you want suppressed. Ten copies pop up elsewhere. Then 10,000 copies. And they're stored on servers all over the world, in countries where your shock troops can't reach, in high school kids' closets where even their parents can't reach.
I too would like to see a more legitimate standing for online publication, but I think all it will take is time. After all, it's really only been a few years, hasn't it? It seems like blogs have been around for a lot longer, given the growth they've had.