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Podcasting Is the New Talk-Radio

The intimacy of the format has the potential to make listeners feel things—and emotional resonance affects how people perceive information.
Source: Paul Hackett / Reuters

Thinking about what technological innovation has done to journalism in the past two decades can be a dizzying experience. People have more data, better maps, prettier visualizations, more push notifications, faster fact-checking, and so on.

Yet there is a unifying feature behind all of these innovations, and it has to do with the role of media and the public in a democracy.

The news media, the argument goes, must provide the rationally-minded members of the public with enough information for them to see a clear and accurate picture of the world, and then

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