"In an information rich world, the wealth of information means a deaerth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious. It consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention" Herbert Simon quoted in the Inevitable by Kevin Kelly
Stories are important because they shape belief.
For millenia, religions were the story tellers. When most were illiterate, the religious used paintings, sculptures, and authorities to tell the stories. Religion is media. With the printing press and public education all that changed. Technology has made digital media the source of most news. Powerful people try to control it.
It suppresses information that does not serve its ideology. ...
It sanitizes history to remove embarrasing details.
Secrecy has grown to cloak most government activity.
It marginalizes people and voices that do not support its ideology.
Universal surveillance suppresses free speech,.
Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property: Krikorian and Kapczynski