You can find some really great Twitter and Facebook accounts to get high curated news and analysis. And you can subscribe to incredible podcasts like Democracy Now! and Belabored and keep up with all the news you want. And then you can go argue with people with different views than you and learn what they think and what they've been reading.
If you want to, you can supplement that with junk when you want to rest your brain. Or you can just watch tv.
But giving people access to the "good" information is a big win even if they also are able to consume entertainment as well. In the end, the Internet users that didn't want to use the Internet to become better informed just didn't want to become better informed by any medium. People who only care about celebrity news were just going to watch tv instead.