Blog: Welcome To The News User Manual

We’re a couple of guys who have spent our careers in the journalism and communications businesses, and, to be honest, we’ve been concerned about how we and our fellow news consumers are getting the news lately. Those concerns have been growing for some time, and they’ve peaked during the presidential campaign and election. We’re awash in “news,” but much of it turns out to be false, and much of it is tailored to what our social media platforms think we want.

We’re moving away from getting our news from the TV or the radio, or even primarily from newspapers. We’re getting it from the screen you’re looking at right now, and it’s making its way to that screen along a path that’s often quite different from the path that led to your TV, radio, or newspaper. You have a new device that delivers your news, and we think that device should come with instructions.

And so, we offer this News User Manual. It’s a collection of podcasts and blogs with our observations about the news environment on social media, and our advice on how you can make sure you’re getting the information you need to be part of a well-informed electorate. We’re not media critics and, for the moment at least, we’re not running any major news organizations. We are passionate in our belief that our system of self-governance can only work if the people are well-informed.

We hope you agree. We hope our effort helps. We hope you’ll tell us what you think. And if you like us, or even if we just piss you off, we encourage you to share our podcasts and blogs with your friends and followers.