The Punch award is an internal New York Times award for journalism. This is the first (but, I’m sure, not the last) time the journalism award has been won by a software developer (Alan Taylor). This sounds like a tipping point to me, or at the very least a data point that points to a tipping point. If that makes sense.
If you haven’t seen The Big Picture, it’s the shiz. It’s often ripped-off verbatim by other online publications (I’m talking to you, British tabs). But it’s an original. And it’s terrific. Well deserved.