What is happening all around us … is a sort of tandem nightmare in which there are fewer and fewer examples of the kind of journalism [that] is necessary … and meanwhile more and more people are using that scarcity as an excuse or maybe even a good reason to turn their backs (or heads) on journalism entirely. The people I deal with most often –for good or ill– simply don’t relate to newspapers or magazines. They might scan a daily paper for something specific
–something they’re looking for– but the idea
of reading a paper for “news” or general information … simply doesn’t occur to them.
A lot of them read the paper, but it’s more for amusement than wisdom…
— Hunter S. Thompson, en una carta a Tom Wicker, corresponsal polític de The New York Times als anys 70.