The Rise Of The Amateur Opiner

Tim Lee has a superb post over at Megan's where he notes the strange twentieth century notion of paying people to express their opinions. I know this is sucking up to you, but it is my experience that the quality of the commentary in many of Dish readers' emails often surpasses that of many paid pundits. And because your world is not punditry, but life, you also tend to have a better grip on what's actually going on.

Every single one - every dissent, every vent, every challenge - is donated for free and without even the bauble of name recognition. So why, remind me, does anyone pay anything for op-eds?