Potomac Fever is the blog of the Hamilton College Semester in Washington Program.
The Economist seems really concerned with holding people's attention. The 'smorgasbord of thought available for any price or taste' allows average citizens to believe they are experts on a subject when they are only partially informed, receiving what information they do have from highly partisan sources. This "expert attitude" seems to encourage a culture where no one wants to hear the news, but would rather respond to it. It may be that respected news sources aren't taking full advantage of the internet, but do people really want objective reporting or are they looking for something inflammatory and sensational to blog/twitter/facebook about?
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