winter withered, warm
Especially when those "informing" them also formulate opinions for them. It is like something is being siphoned from the viewer in that respect, almost in a way that is beyond their control. I don't want to solidify this position, but do think the skepticism you seem to be expressing is warranted.One thing I'm currently convinced of is that watching the news lulls people into a sense of having done something without really doing anything. That being "informed" - if that's even a possibility these days - has a tangible effect in its own right.