A reader took me mildly to task about my “Let’s kill technology journalism post, saying that it wasn’t just tech reporters and sites guilty of the infractions I cited. He is completely right, and his point about the flaws inherent in so many sectors of the news—entertainment, politics, the list goes on—is well taken.
The horse-race coverage that defines politics, the shallowness that passes for informed analysis in nearly every area of reporting, are infuriating. They make being aware and engaged with the world more difficult, more off-putting.
Part of the reason I focused my ire on technology is that I simply didn’t have the time or attention span to make a complete list of all the sins of those who claim to be journalists. The other is that I think tech journalism is the most expendable, and aside from celebrity coverage and gossip, provides the least real value.
Try an experiment. Take every technology blog out of your feed reader—with a very few exceptions I did this more than a year ago—and see if you’re 1) any less well-informed on the happenings in the world and 2) if you miss the content you were consuming at all. This rudimentary information diet might help your sanity.