"Sociopolitical events, debates, and controversies are now lucrative forms of entertainment, as the media employs unpaid and fiercely motivated actors."
Guess who the "fiercely motivated actors" are? Uh-huh: You and me. Arguing on Facebook and Twitter, in the comments on political and news websites, and clicking on yet more inane articles on the Huffington Post and Gawker.
If this isn't yet another reason to adopt a low-information diet, I don't know what is.
Less internet, more writing.