Again, people talking about the internet killing interest in the written word, and crushing - CRUSHING! - our human instinct for storytelling.
Can't help thinking that people who say this have never really looked at the internet. It's full of stories.
Recently I've been getting really interested in how communities come together on the internet, and tell their stories. I spent a pleasant few hours trawling the LiveJournal website, and found this: Customers Suck! a community dedicated to giving disgruntled shop employees the chance to vent their discontents about rude, angry, or irrational customers.
This sort of stuff is a goldmine to a writer. It gives you the chance to really experience what it is like to be a minimum wage store employee. And it's all out there for you to read.
A fie on anybody who says that the internet is a poor resource for writers.