I headed over to Fred Ritchin's After Photography blog for the first time in a while and as always I enjoyed reading his concise and eloquent posts about photography and media.
Here's an example from his 'End of Year Thoughts' for 2010:
3. Photography of news continues to evolve into a photography better done by amateurs than professionals, given that there are many more amateurs with cameras walking around at all times. The stylized imagery by professionals repeating the stereotypical news cliches is not helpful as a way of promoting understanding. The province of the professional in a journalistic context is very much the long-term essay, and many are working both in the old-fashioned and very necessary role of witness and others are trying to re-invent it to add complexity, nuance, and engage the reader in different ways. What is needed more than ever are thoughtful editors/curators who can help make sense of the visual overload.
I agree - more than ever we photographers need those thoughtful editors and curators...