Partly due to physical and intellectual laziness. We do not even need to leave our houses (or our beds) to receive world-wide "news" coverage. Open wide, and they will channel the whole world into your mind. No critical thinking, no concern with accuracy or sources, no analysis of reliability. The ultimate failure of the "Free Press", which for the sake of dollars and political alignment, has abandon its primary function of finding and reporting the truth.
I do not fear technology; used properly, it can be a huge boon to our society. But used thoughtlessly, it is a garbage pit of gossip, lies, and inaccuracy. I do not use Facebook or Twitter or any othe social media outside of this Wire. In my law firm, I am regarded as a Luddite. But that is not accurate; I simply have no time or desire for gossiping over the electronic backyard fence. Like many others here, I have abandoned much of the popular media, and use instead a group of seemingly more reliable news sources, taking ALL with a grain of salt until and unless they can be objectively verified.
Looking forward to vacation in the Caribbean in a couple of weeks. Shut off the phones and the laptops for 10 days; listen to local island radio, where the news is largely related to where to find the best fishing. Amazing how clear your mind can become if you turn off the live streaming nonsense.