Episode 134: The Rise of Soft News (guest: Ryan Ripley)

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Ryan Ripley of ‘The Shill Report’ joined Guy Evans for a tremendous back-and-forth conversation on the topic of ‘soft news’ – that is, the increasing tendency of the mainstream press to cover the relatively insignificant topics of entertainment and celebrity culture in favor of more ‘serious’ stories. From there, Ryan and Guy discussed the effect of this focus on the democratic process, the potential of sensationalized news to distort reality, and whether an emphasis on soft news can be helpful in recruiting engaged and informed consumers of serious news. Listen, share, and enjoy!

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