The technology of nonstop news and the Internet means that allegations that would have been carefully checked out a generation ago no longer are. We now have a 24-hour-a-day news cycle. News gets used up very quickly and there's a constant hunger for new tidbits.
Click play to listen. Recorded on November 12, 2004.
James Fallows, the veteran journalist and editor for the Atlantic Monthly, discusses the current events of 2004, such as the War in Iraq and the 2004 election, while considering the impact of the 24/7 news cycle that too quickly transforms nuance-filled events into "yesterday's news." Addressing such issues as the media's trends towards big business and infotainment over information, Fallows gives a chillingly spot-on view of the future -- a future that we now live in.