Advice to young readers: Ignore Ames

There are people who follow political news for the same reason others follow sports: it’s a hobby and they want to root for their team. I’ve got no quarrel with that in itself, but young people trying to figure out how the world works and what news to follow can be seriously confused by the press’ self-indulgent over-coverage of non-events like the straw poll.

Learning to tell the difference between fluff and news is one of the most important skills you can develop if you want to understand the world and change it rather than rush around aimlessly in a state of futile excitement.

Our society controls access to power in part by scattering useless information so widely.