Political News? No Thanks!

Dad, why do you watch the news?


That’s what I asked my father when I was a kid. The evening News Hour wasn’t entertaining, and it didn’t feature cartoons or cool characters.

But to him, it was appointment viewing. He’d watch some stiff guy in a suit read monotonous accounts of what someone else decided were the important events of the day. As a kid, I couldn’t imagine a more boring television experience.

Fast-forward a few decades, and news is still curated by some unseen people at a TV network. But it’s far from boring: it’s been sensationalized.