There's a nice article about D&D and roleplaying games in general in yesterday's Times Free Press out of Chattanooga:
To some, the idea of teens ignoring their Xbox 360s and Playstation 3s in favor of a style of gaming that first became popular the ’70s and ’80s might seem like a surprising anachronism. Yet D&D and other tabletop games have persisted for 40 years in the face of increasingly sophisticated competition from high-tech forms of entertainment. ...
Tabletop gamers, new and old alike, say they are drawn to the freedom of a game system that doesn’t limit their choices. Whatever they want their characters to do generally is allowed and, as a result they say, the experience feels more “real” than playing a video game, in which the world is like a beautiful cage — vividly portrayed but also limited by its programming.There's a lot more at the link. Definitely worth checking out.
(h/t to Keith Davies over on G+)
Update: article had been moved, link updated.