Attention Spans

Among conventional reasons offered for poor governance is that today’s media does a poorer job of holding officials accountable. While I think that’s too rosy of a view of the past (how well did 1999 media cover the CA Legislature’s vote to issue more than $100 billion of retroactive pension increases?), even if it’s true, most stories attract public attention for just a day or two.

Protecting the general interest requires a long attention span. While the public is easily distracted, special interests — especially the corporations, unions and associations that annually extract more than $200 billion in rents for ostensibly supplying public services — know to pay attention to daily activity in the State Capitol. So do we.

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