When people find out their food has been tampered with, they freak out.
Why then, don’t we care about the quality of our news and information?
Perhaps we don’t care because the internet has provided us with an seemingly infinite amount of choices for free news and information. This, in turn, has caused us to believe there is little value in paying a fee to traditional publishers. However, what we fail to understand is that when we bypass the old guard, we are putting ourselves at risk of consuming “dirty information”.
Talented professionals in news and publishing have made it their job to ensure the content they deliver is as “clean” as possible. That’s why, ironically, the people and these institutions are actually more needed than ever before.
It’s time to change the way we think about the news and consuming content. We need to recognize that the old quote “you get what you pay for” applies equally to the internet as it does to medical diagnoses and legal advice.
Clean information matters a whole lot more than it used to. It’s just a question of when we’re all going to realize it.