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Scottie Hart: The price of truth

I’m an old lady now, so I have clear, long-term memories of “free news.” For many decades, news on the radio and TV kept us informed at no apparent expense. Even then news was costly to produce, costs mostly covered by advertising’s unnoticed support.

We grumbled about “Madison Avenue,” but the money didn’t appear to come out of our pockets.

Alan Riquelmy’s column (“We’ll pay for it,” Aug. 12) was right. There’s still plenty of free “news” out there.



So why should we pay? Because Google, et al offer information of dubious reliability, primarily designed to elicit outraged clicks. Guys, outrage has occasional worth, but mostly it’s a short-term dopamine hit undermining our ability to think clearly. It makes things worse, not better.

Seriously, how can we support news “that enriches understanding?” Maybe stand on the Brunswick bridge with a sign: “Subscribe now?” Maybe pay (more than I really want to!) for two or three quality news subscriptions? Maybe accept that if we want to improve the odds of actions and attitudes based on facts (not propaganda, not outright lies), then we gotta pony up.



Or, as Alan wrote, “we’re all going to pay for it … one way or another.”

Scottie Hart

Grass Valley


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