In the video above, comedian and Onion.com editor Baratunde Thurston talks with Media Beat about the iPad as the savior of media, and, more importantly, whether media in its current form deserves saving at all. The iPad is an important and exciting device, sure, but what’s most important about it is how it’s put the discussion over old and new media into hyperdrive.

Here’s an excerpt: “I went to the iPad launch. I didn’t buy one. I pretended to buy one. I ran out of the Apple Store with my backpack in my hand screaming, ‘We did it!’ and all the Apple employees go nuts. There’s something a little perverse and wrong about something with that level of consumerist, cultish behavior. But what I’m excited about is that … it does change how we interact with things … The way we tell stories has to change.”

You can see the full interview with Baratunde next week on FishbowlNY.com and on Mediabeat.com.