By Jacob L. Shapiro
It is no secret that technology has been both a blessing and a curse for the dissemination of information. The blessing lies in the way it has made information accessible and timely. There is a wealth of data out there – more than any single person can distill – and we are privy to developments all around the world in real time. The curse is that the sheer amount of information available makes it more difficult to separate the important from the mundane. And once we are accustomed to the instant gratification – when all news is “breaking” – how can we know what is deserving of being news in the first place? Knowing everything ironically leads to knowing nothing.
This past weekend has not been without developments that are worth our attention. The high-level U.S. trade delegation to China returned home after inconclusive talks, reportedly without even getting a chance to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping or his top lieutenant, Wang Qisha
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