Your article addresses an interesting problem. With the globalization of the news delivery system, what rises to the top of the news feed are almost always stories about death and destruction. If it bleeds it leads, and that’s true in Hometown America as much as it is does in Syria. It is sometimes important to remember that “newspapers” began as single broadsheets pinned on bulletin boards and, as often as note, they were more likely to focus on “future news,” stories about impending events rather than retrospective coverage of things that have already happened.

Go back to the Revolutionary War period and you see that those broadsides were one of the major communications tools used by the Committees of Correspondence. The salient reason for their dependence on the broadsheets is that they could be printed and distributed clandestinely, leaving no hapless publisher to answer to the British.

Today, the outlaw journalists are still around, lone wolves with their blogs, but they aren’t addressing local issues because they can’t get viral articles out of local coverage, and that’s where the money’s at.

Ultimately, people get the news they deserve, just as they get the governments they deserve but perhaps that old truism might be reframed to read: “people get the government — and the news — they deserve.”

The Times, The Washington Post and a bunch of other periodicals are now hiding their content behind pay walls. Those who have put up pay walls are doing so to protect their advertising from ad blockers, but they offer you an a subscription option that enables you to purchase an advertising-free version of their websites. Other publications, like Medium, are basing their business model on subscriptions alone, offering additional content as an inducement for subscribers, while others, like The Guardian, are begging for contributions, without shutting the gates.

There are ways around those pay walls, but that still limits access to information to those who can afford to buy the access or have the knowledge required to steal it. In general, however, information is disappearing behind financial barricades.

At the same time, the flood of replicated news stories that are jamming the news feeds obscure the local stories in which there is is little interest because few people know it is even there to be seen.

Add Facebook and Twitter into the mix and you have the Tower of Babel all over again.

Alan is a poet, journalist, short story writer, editor, website developer, and political activist. He is the executive editor of