While on holiday I tend to scan the news on our iPad rather than fire up the laptop. The iPad gives a somewhat different perspective because unlike the laptop browser, Safari on our iPad has no ad blocker.
This leads me to avoid certain news sources because they are so choked with ads that the iPad has trouble loading pages. It hammers home a message that mainstream news is mostly clickbait and for many news outlets that is all it ever is. Obvious enough but a struggling iPad certainly rubs it in.
It can be a rum business coming back home after a holiday too. Home habits reassert themselves, one of which is keeping tabs on the news after all that clickbait avoidance. Yet interest in the news is slipping away as the internet steadily widens the gap between the clamour of mainstream pap and worthwhile comment.
We seem to be in an intermediate place where powerful forces try to control our attention. It’s really rather heartening because I don’t think they know how.