Holiday reading in Norway was Dan Gillmor's inspirational We The Media (kindly bought for me by Chuck Olsen.)
Gillmor outlines a utopian world of media meritocracy, where a blogger with a tiny readership can compete on equal terms with the New York Times or the BBC.
In Gillmor's world, "professional" and "amateur" journalists, writers and readers, collaborate and debate openly -- resulting in better researched, more thoughtful and more accurate journalism.
I'm normally very sceptical about some of the grander claims made about the power of blogs -- but Gillmor backs up his arguments with numerous examples of genuinely groundbreaking projects such as Persian Blog, OhmyNews and The Melrose Mirror.
Anyone doubting the reality of the new media landscape Dan Gillmor maps out need only look at the way bloggers have responded to the Asian tsunami disaster. It's the most widespread example yet of the emerging world he describes, of grassroots journalism by the people, for the people.