“[I]nformed citizens aren't puppets; they're critical thinkers. Civic literacy is not inherently impossible. But it can cause such outrage, panic, helplessness, bewilderment—there really should be a consumer warning on the news.
“What a downer for democracy. You do your best to keep up, and what you get in return for your effort is something the American Psychiatric Association ought to have put in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. Informed Citizen Disorder: the damage you do to your mood and your blood pressure by watching Bill Moyers or Jon Stewart, listening to Kevin Phillips or Bruce Bartlett and reading the Guardian or the New York Times.”
—Marty Kaplan, writer, “Reading the News Is Fun and Patriotic, But It Sure Can Make You Anxious,” AlterNet, June 2013
• Editorial Comment: As Aldous Huxley said, “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.”
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