Roger Ebert’s masterful skewering of newspaper’s role in culture and the decline of newspapers made me want to cheer. Newspapers, of course, are part of a larger media landscape. I’m not sure we can turn back this tide, but it seems as if we must. The dumbing down of everything, the seeming willingness of news organizations everywhere to assume readers won’t notice the lack of quality. Are we fostering tiny attention spans by assuming all can be told in briefs?