Its all now just lazy he-said she-said bullshit where the only filter is the bias of the Journalists and Publications.
If the last decade has shown us anything, it's that this is what people actually want to consume. Even prior to the rise of new media, most papers or news networks had some form of political slant. All we're seeing now is a magnification of this. Most people only want something that conforms to their existing beliefs, not an objective account. Knowing that we've gone from the media producing slanted views of stories towards opinion pieces about events and are now heading towards fabrications or opinionated hyperbole to the point of absurdity.
If most consumers don't care about much beyond whether a news story supports their beliefs, it's far easier just to invent something that does that than it is to take a real story and add spin or to try to produce an objective and neutral report. To some extent we've always had this, and one needs look no farther than the tabloids in most grocery stores to see that this is not a new phenomena, but has always been around. The difference is that people haven't adopted to tabloids being available in web form. To the untrained eye they look essentially the same as any other news website, whereas most people wouldn't make the same mistake with a traditional paper and a tabloid.
With traditional media, the barrier to entry was high enough that it wasn't easy for huge number of tabloids to survive at one time. There was a physical cost to printing and you likely needed an advertising department on its own which adds further cost. The internet has removed most of those problems. Almost anyone can set up a website now and there are plenty of frameworks that make it easy for even unexperienced individuals to have something that looks reasonably professional, third party ad networks make it trivial to add to your site and no needed to have someone handling the customers, and social media has made it incredibly easy to have your site brought to a wide audience almost overnight due to network effects and ease of sharing that weren't present before. The great democratizer of the internet has made it possible for the everyman to have a printing press and the same reach as a big corporation. Unfortunately most people are idiots. This result doesn't seem terribly surprising in retrospect.
>I use legacy software, hardware, and ports, and transfer my data to another computer to transcode it
That's an amusing point to bring up in a thread about a company that's widely criticized here for being too aggressive with dropping legacy ports.
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