Slate: So, for you, the converse is true? Instead of closing our minds in politics, the Internet is opening our minds? Weisberg: Exactly. The entire march of technology and information for hundreds of years has been toward a broader diversity of sources. If you wanted a period when the media or technology was really constricting viewpoints to a narrow range, that would have been before the Internet, when people could only get their news from local newspapers, a few national magazines, and three national television networks. It would be very strange if the effect of the march of progress was to close down our perspectives instead of opening them up. (via The next Slate/Intelligence Squared debate is April 17: Why Jacob Weisberg rejects the idea that the Internet is closing our minds in politics. - Slate Magazine)
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