In “The News: A User’s Manual,” Alain de Botton writes that it’s easy to suppose censorship of the news is the real enemy of democracy but concludes there are more insidious methods.
“These involve confusing, boring and distracting the majority away from politics,” he writes, “by presenting events in such a disorganized, fractured and intermittent way that a majority of the audience is unable to hold on to the thread of the most important issues for any length of time.”
I was reminded of de Botton’s book when I noted the underwhelming reaction Massachusetts media had to former Gov. William F. Weld’s winning the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential nomination.
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