The Modern World

Journalism is dying, etc., etc. with foreign bureaus closed down etc., etc., and newspapers shuttering but the world’s big news story today is the results of elections in India. And thanks to the Internet it’s now possible to sit on your couch and read about the future political prospects of opposition leader LK Advani, about the collapse of the left in West Bengal, analysis of how Congress’ big gains came primarily at the expense of “Third Front” coalitions, and much much more.

It seems to me, in other words, that Americans living in the year 2009 have easy access to much more and better information about this news story than Americans at any previous point in time would have.