While it is always possible to ignore the importance of stories and go on with your life regardless, it may still be interesting to see what the interactive nature of the web does to journalism.
Nobody who reads a newspaper expects a way to read cout transcripts from their chair at the push of a botton. Nobody expects to be able to tell the author what they think with minimal trouble -- except on the web.
I hope the success of Grocklaw is part of the new model for American journalism. Little by little the expectation of sources and background data might do good things for truth in America. These practices certainly furnish the underdogs with a realistic way to go the extra mile to convice those interested.
Of course it still depends on whether we have enough interested readers.