“The man who reads nothing at all is better educated
than the man who reads nothing but newspapers.”
– Thomas Jefferson
In a previous post I wrote about how the extreme consolidation of the media industry makes society dumber. Now, it turns out, more and more evidence is piling up that mainstream “news”, if it can even be called that anymore, stupefies America at an individual level as well – leaving viewers uninformed and wholly insulated from the vast sea of knowledge that exists out there. Its a real shame:
After a study published last year labeled viewers of Fox News as grossly misinformed, the researchers who conducted the poll have expanded their work and now confirm, again, that the network’s audience might want to consider changing the channel.
Researchers at Fairleigh Dickinson University conducted a study last year that yielded some inarguably unsurprising information about Fox News’ viewership. At the time, researchers concluded that, based off of a study that sampled residents of New Jersey, people that only watch Fox News are less informed on current events than people that don’t watch cable news at all. Now only months later, the school’s researchers have published their finding of a similar study that calls on a sample of participants from coast-to-coast and, according to the results, confirm that their earlier report wasn’t a fluke.
According to the latest study, Americans who watch only Fox News to learn about current events are indeed less informed than most everyone else.
Continue reading at rt.com
The internet is probably one of the greatest opposing forces to the consolidation and degradation of the flow of information and therefore must be protected from the constant legislative attacks which have been launched against it, usually with big business lobbyists behind the initiatives.
Also, for anyone looking to inform and enrich themselves good old fashioned books remain a superb alternative to the mindless TV drones. I’m especially a sucker for older publications from 50 plus years ago like Josef Pieper’s Leisure, The Basis of Culture and Ludwig von Mises’ Liberalism, to name a couple.