Following up on saving newspapers vs saving journalism, this article tells about how small a percentage of the typical newspaper business is really actual journalism. It is very small.
The paper investigated, apparently a pretty good one too, has almost twice as many people just covering sports as it has journalists, for example.
This one is worthwhile too. It outlines some reasons why micropayments doesn't work. For example, it prohibits sharing in this brave new social-networking world.
I was a big fan of micropayments back in the day, and I was one of their biggest sellers when BitPass was working, before it went bust. But it was clear that people preferred to buy a big bundle of content rather than many small bits, even when there was no price advantage to doing so. So I guess it just won't work. I think people don't want to use attention on deciding many times a day whether to spend twenty cents or not.