It not just that people are not reading news anymore. The election has exposed an insidious and dangerous issue: People no longer trust trusted sources. Part of the reason is that the news media never allowed the facts to get in the way of opinion; even if they are dedicated to fact-checked journalism. Part of the reason is that there is so much compelling fiction, posing as fact, in the newsfeed and in blogs, that it just is a more satisfying journey for some to believe Breitbart instead of Vox.
In a world where news media is no longer trusted to tell us the facts, much less the truth, what replaces media as a mechanism to ensure that citizens get the information they need to make better decisions about politicians and politicized issues?