Well, it's been very interesting to see the number of comments on this blog plummet when I started talking about video, instead of comments. Say what you will about the comments -- they're offensive, they're inappropriate, they're free speech -- they have found real passion among the users of this site.
And passion is, in so many ways, the name of the game. People have been passionate about their newspaper for generations. You wouldn't believe some of the calls we get. People feel very personally about their newspaper. My hope for this site -- and all our news sites -- is that people will one day feel as passionate about it as they have about their newspaper.
Obviously I want that because I want the site to be successful, but also because that the newspaper has always been (for 150 to 200 years anyway) a principal way people connect with the world around them. And it's pretty hard to run a democracy without that kind of connection.
(N.B. You may not realize this, but almost all news comes from newspapers, even if you get it from TV. Other news media primarily follow up on news from the papers, so when it comes to news the paper's really the only channel.)