There's a widely held belief today that we consume news to be informed.
But this is only partly true, and perhaps the lesser of two parts.
We consume today to appear informed, and more importantly, to signal we understand what's important our social networks.
Great article below, linking back to a nearly thirty-year old study, asking us as communicators to consider the "ritual" aspects of news consumption (and production today.
As a French thinker of the 1960s, Guy Debord, would second, we’ve historically evolved from being informed to having information, and then to appearing informed.