We hunger for objectivity, but increasingly swallow ‘news’ like Jell-O shots in ad hoc cyber-saloons. We marinate in punditry seasoned with only those facts and opinions we can digest without cognitive distress.
Sometimes we feel a little queasy about it — queasiness we project back onto the media.
But we don’t really get agitated until we encounter the other guys’ media. Those guys are consuming lies. They are getting juiced up. Their media diet is making them stupid.
What if our media choices are making us stupid? What if they’re shortening our attention span, exciting our lusts, eroding our values, hobbling our judgment?
— Brooke Gladstone, On The Media.