This encapsulates my feelings on this issue almost to the nose.
However, there’s part of me that still calls back to my high-school journalism advisor and how he’d be rolling in his grave (well, if he were dead that is) if I had written pieces with the conversational tone that is almost completely accepted without thinking these days. A light touch is good.
I’m not entirely sure that it can be fully attributed to the generation shift or the natural progression of our media from hard news dominated by regimented news organizations to the entertainment-driven environment we’re in today.
As with everything, i’d assume a little of both.