Chris Brogan:

I could get all nerdy-techy and also go deep into the “back in my day,” but the part you should be thinking about is this: people CHOSE their news sources, curated their own interests, and managed their own consumption of media. They could stay connected to communities that mattered to them, and grow with the combined developments that were brought to light in those communities.

Spot on. Being on Facebook and Twitter should come secondarily to your RSS reader.