Here is the thing: Everything is changing. Everything is changing at a rather unprecedented pace that excites and terrifies almost everyone involved until you want to hold your head in your hands and scream and drink and cry. Technology is moving so fast that you will soon need a wireless router for your digital toaster that also produces grappa and makes stock recommendations and plays MP3s through your fingernails. This is just the way.
But at the same time, I know of not a single pseudo-hipster who loves to download tiny Nelly Furtado music videos to her Nokia for 4 bucks a pop and then sit around a cafe with three other pseudo-hip girlfriends, all plugged into the phone and jamming to the song via headphones, like all those Verizon commercials seem to fantasize. Translation: You gotta maintain a proper perspective.
Are newspapers dying? If by newspaper, you mean the ink-on-paper products that are delivered to your front lawn by kids on bikes or magically appear overnight in the newsstand down the street, the answer is probably yes. Technology will certainly allow us to kill fewer trees, solve portability problems and tailor information more precisely for digital delivery, maybe within a generation or two.
But will the people who train to become fair observers who report back for the greater good also become extinct? Nope.
I've said it before and it bears repeating: From the dawn of mankind, we have valued those among us who can run to the next hill, look over and report fairly and accurately what they saw. Their observations help society make good decisions for itself by sharing trustworthy information that not everyone can witness for themselves. So before you wish for the painful death of the New York Times, ask yourself if you want to rely on your next-door neighbor or the blogosphere for crucial news information that could affect your life. Newspapers shouldn't be your only source of trustworthy new information, but your choices will be severely impacted without them.
And if I were as funny as Morford, I'd have said it in a more entertaining way.