In The Rise of the Sovereign Individual, the authors predict that narrowcasting will replace broadcasting as the way people obtain their news. Individuals themselves will serve as their own editors, selecting news and topics of interest. This will make it less likely that they choose to indoctrinate themselves in the urgency of sacrifice for the nation-state.
The book was published in 1999. In 2023, social networks and news outlet algorithms curate information in a way that makes obtaining raw information difficult. Also, the different actors—for example, political parties and candidates— have learned how to create strong disinformation campaigns on the Internet.
So, even if technology enables us to select our own sources of information, it requires an explicit effort and it is not what the average person does.
What’s your strategy for curating information?