And just as Mr Yglesias describes welfare-state capitalism as the fulfillment of the utopian leisure-time dreams Marxism once held, you can find a very good Marxist term for what is happening in the symbolic-analyst fields as a result of the advent of the internet: a crisis of overproduction. Mr Yglesias might not be too pessimistic about the crisis of overproduction in journalism because, to put it bluntly, he is the crisis of overproduction in journalism. He averages, I believe, 12 to 20 posts a day, all of them interesting, some of them involving original research. Add in a couple of other such bloggers, like Andrew Sullivan and Ezra Klein, and you've got all the eyeball candy a dilatory citizen's attention can consume in a day. This kind of high rate of fire isn't entirely unprecedented; from David Halberstam to David Remnick, top journalists have always been preternaturally productive.