Last week, I read Ryan Holiday's Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator. I enjoyed and recommend it, but its Inside Baseball portrayal of media and the blogosphere made me look at the Internet and the news (including the stuff I consume) in a more critical light. The pressures to be first and interesting are so intense that the truth gets lost in the scramble for page clicks; we're not necessarily more informed by the presence of more information.
On a related note, David Simon weighs in on the Petraeus affair and the hypocrisy of the press and the citizenry. (Warning: It's not as profane as the Wire, but it ain't Tom Friedman either.)