One bit I edited out of my longer post above referenced Tim Berner Lee's original WWW proposal documents. And how eminently readably they are today. Mostly because all they are is text and semantic markup.
I like this. Living in America, I get bombarded with the Libertarian idea that one should focus on the self so much that I forget that there was a time when focusing on the progress of society was not heresy.
These seem to be all points for the ADHD/OCD set, which does not include everyone. Clutter doesn't bother me, not in my sink, not on my desk, not on my desktop. I can't work, because I have too many things in my home that are more fun than work.
I agree with this. In order to be a citizen of a democracy, you need to be informed. Most things require research and listening to different points of view. They can't just be reasoned out. They require paying attention. Most of what you hear in mainstream or most any news will be noise, but there are bits in the stream that you need to sift out in order to participate in the government of your society.
Of course, democracies around the world are flawed, and being informed about the world will not necessarily lead to change, but being uninformed about the world will necessarily lead to change for the worse. Being a citizen of a democracy is about more than voting every few years. It's a full-time responsibility, and if you just take yourself out of it, you lose it.
but your friend or acquaintance will have heard it from "the news", so it will be the same as watching it yourself as far as being informative, and without looking into the issue yourself, you'll be unable to offer counter-arguments to your friends who are parroting the mainstream news.