This post is, among other things, an example of the intervention of serendipity into the workings of this weblog. I had planned to take as today’s provisional point of departure a blog post from guardian.co.uk that I had archived for future reference. Then, pretty much out of the blue, I opened my inbox last night to find an email from a dear friend, with the tantalizing subject heading “Here’s today’s version of your epistemology of media lag argument.” I clicked on the link with the sense of opening a gift, to discover another post (this one from the New York Times “Media Decoder”) that I found even more compelling than the Guardian candidate. I may (and I stress may) have found a way to align these two reference points, all unexpectedly, within the framework of this blog’s project (and much of the decades’ worth of research and writing that preceded it). The effort will require, at a minimum, a short series, beginning (barring the hand of serendipity) with my next post.