“True” and “Important”

We’re now left in a situation where (a) individuals who WANT to inform themselves, about almost anything, have a richer array of sources than ever before in history; (b) people who want to express their views or offer testimony have fewer barriers to do it than ever before; (c) news organizations to address conditions (a) and (b) are able to make a go of it — but still (d) as a whole political entity, we have a harder time deciding what is “true” and “important.”

I am James Fallows, national correspondent for the Atlantic (and long-ago speechwriter for long-ago president Jimmy Carter) AMA.