Meant to comment on this sooner. I thought last week's BusinessWeek article on blogs was a good attempt to capture the history and flavor of the medium that is now 'the new black'. Interestingly though, the strengths and weaknesses of the current data-centric web were also on display.
While the online version of the story looked and read like a weblog, I thought the print version looked and felt much more inviting; like something I actually wanted to read! And that is it, in a nutshell - the web is great with information, but 9 times our of 10, in the hands of a good designer, print does a way better job of integrating pictures and graphics to help tell a more complete story. This is very important to me, I am a visual journalist, but it should be important to all who find art and beauty necessary parts of their daily lives.
The beauty of the layout. The art of picture placement on a page. The effect of a stunning typeface as your eyes flow over the words. All these things are becoming lost as we reduce everything to their basic 1 and 0 digital elements. This is what print still has on digital; this is why magazines and newspapers should not give up the fight, why ink on paper has survived for thousands of years and still has many, many years left. As the culture of man becomes more and more visually literate, lets remember to keep evolving those elements of information sharing that remain true to providing form with content.