Is Ezra Klein on to something here?

Is he missing something?

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3 Responses to Is Ezra Klein on to something here?

  1. Nate says:

    I’m assuming the answer is … yes?

  2. Lime says:

    Sorry. It wasn’t meant to be a trick question. Ezra’s column struck me as basically correct, but I wondered if there was some equivalent to what he recommends already available.

  3. Josh says:

    I think, from a news reader’s perspective, Klein makes an important point when he writes that “keeping up on the news is easy, but getting a handle on an ongoing situation that you’ve not really been following is hard.” This is precisely the sort of thing that “old media” can probably do better for you than “new media.”

    If you read the newspaper every day, or some other sort of linear, text-heavy source of news every day (even if that happens online) you will be in a better position than if you just click through some links about a “big story” of the day (even if you read those clicked-through links thoroughly). You just need to stay abreast of the actual story, not just what gets focused upon on a given day. And that requires the sort of commitment that a lot of people seem to think is old-fashioned. It’s also nearly impossible to do with aggregators, twitter, or whatever. It requires consistent, extended focus.

    That also explains the feeling I often have when I set down the newspaper. I can’t really tell someone else “what happened” today (or, more properly speaking, yesterday). All I really find is that the depth of my understanding on a variety of issues has improved.

    But it’s that very depth that Klein says many are lacking.

    PS – I’d like the picture of Ezra Klein to show someone who’s older and less in shape than me. As it is, it makes me feel bad about myself.

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