In this post, @ayjay writes about studying politics as opposed to absorbing news.
A great many people think they’re interested in politics when they’re only interested in news. I have in recent years grown more and more interested in politics and economics, which is to say, the whole long history of all the ways in which we human beings have tried to live together without killing one another but instead, perhaps, finding some arena of mutual benefit. I think our current obsession with news makes it far harder for us to think about politics, so I have stepped away from the daily grind of “And Now This!” to try to inquire into the principles of political economy, and politics more generally.
The post gets into detail about how hard it can be to understand the arguments behind policy when so many of the sources that bring us the ideas are “true believers” in the absolutes of one side versus the other.