Some years ago…

First Things published a piece (later expanded into a book) called How the News Makes us Dumb. The thesis is simply that lots of information does not impart wisdom, and that the great vacuum cleaner maw of the news requires something–anything–so that media outlets will have something to chatter about and keep at bay the test pattern that would otherwise fill the screen . He’s right, of course. Is 99% of what was printed in the July 18, 1977 issue of the New York Times of any importance whatsoever or remembered by anyone today? Nah. I think of that when I read headlines like this. Does anybody in the world really need to know who this woman is? Reading this sort of piece just makes you a more stupid, nosy and salacious person. It is total junk info.