Jasper Jackson is the New Statesman's digital editor. He was formerly assistant editor of Media Guardian, and editor of TheMediaBriefing.
In the modern world, the worst excesses of the press are just a small part of a much bigger problem.
Two stories from opposite sides of the political spectrum over the past week show quite how far such theories have come.
Digital media is not, and will likely never be, anywhere near as lucrative as technology.
Stripping perceived endorsement of far-right figures is great, but highlights a bigger problem with tech platforms.
The former SNP leader's style is perfectly in tune with the Kremlin-backed broadaster's broader goals.
The digital worlds we live in are just as challenging to democracy as plotting bad guys.
Silicon Valley economics allow the company to back shows that might not find a home elsewhere.
The pervading sense of decline is rooted firmly in reality, but it also obscures a more complex picture.
Mark Zuckerberg is right to promise more transparency over political ads on Facebook. But his statement also shows the network's worrying power.
The unexpected decision to get regulators to look at broadcasting standards makes a deal more uncertain.