Every year or so, I try to take a look at how I know what I think I know amid the news deluge. Here's an update, focusing on what I get from internet reading (and I still hate videos!).
Paul Waldman, who is seldom trivial, writes about the presumed triviality of contemporary journalism, especially of the oped and blog variety. He defends the proliferation of "hot takes," insta-commentary on current events.
I like that suggestion, perhaps because it describes how I consume media these days. I've assembled a list of writers whose commentary often sparks my thinking or adds depth on topics I care about. I don't much care what media outlet is paying their salaries. Only a few (think Charles Blow and Paul Krugman at the New York Times) are "traditional" columnists in "traditional" media. Some of them move around between web venues. (Here's where Ed Kilgore's gone off to if anyone was wondering.) I follow them on Twitter, link to their byline pages at various websites, and notice when others refer to them. I run across new writers and add them to the roster.
And I agree with Waldman (who is a favorite) -- this is a golden age of opinion/commentary. After all, here I am sounding off.