The dream of a laptop-powered "knowledge class" is dead. The media is melting. Blame the economy -- and the Web
The "creative class" was supposed to be the new engine of the U.S. economy, post-industrial age, and as the educated, laptop-wielding cohort grew, the U.S. was going to grow with it. But for those who deal with ideas, culture and creativity at street level, things are less cheery. Book editors, journalists, video store clerks, musicians, novelists without tenure -- they’re among the many groups struggling through the dreary combination of economic slump and internet reset. The creative class is melting, and the story is largely untold.