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This Is The Ideal News Of The Future

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Supporters of Ethiopia's ruling party the People's Revolutionary Democratic Front hold a rally,Thursday, May 12, 2005 in the capital, Addis Ababa to express their support for fair and peaceful elections.(AP Photo/Boris Heger) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

The news is the most powerful and prestigious force in contemporary society, replacing religion as the touchstone of authority and meaning. It is usually the first thing we check in the morning and the last thing we consult at night. What are we searching for? The news does its best to persuade us we must keep up with its agenda – but to what end? What are the ghastly, wondrous, thrilling, destructive, bitter stories for?

It would be most honest to admit that we don’t yet know: we’re still working it out collectively. We’re still among the first generations ever to have had access to news on the current scale and we’re struggling to make sense of the deluge of information.

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