A little more unsolicited cane-shaking:
I think the reason ebook self-publishing, Facebook, twitter, blogs. etc are so infuriating to me is because they devalue (if not destroy) reputable work. I think most modern Americans have been raised with this mindset that you can be anything, regardless of talent, if you just persevere and work hard at it. So anyone can be an author, anyone can be a blogger, anyone can be a journalist, anyone can be a photographer, etc... Which I think is great, if it stopped there. But as entrepreneurs find ways to capitalize on this vanity, this sort of unpaid hack-creative work becomes the de facto dominant form.
Sorry for the semi off-topic post-first-stout-cup-of-coffee get-off-my-lawn rant. Seems a little relevant on Labor Day though.