ronin - 3:53 pm on Mar 8, 2010 (gmt 0)
IMHO, it is important not to get hung up on the medium.
In order to write a successful novel like Moby Dick or Wuthering Heights you need to know how to spell and how to structure paragraphs, but you don't need to know how printing presses work. You don't need to know about the technical back-end of book production.
In order to develop a successful TV programme like American Idol or Survivor you need to know when to use close-ups and when to cut, but you don't need to know how the set needs to be wired. You don't need to know about the technical back-end of TV programme production.
The most brilliant, stunning, worthwhile lectures I ever saw on the net were plain .txt files posted by a most esteemed, scientific friend.
I think that succinctly sums up what I am trying to say.