One of the smartest things I ever heard... from one of the smartest people I can think of: George F. Will once said... something like this: "The IMPORTANT trends in the world... are the trends that all the people IN POWER are trying to stop... or control... and... no matter what they do... and no matter how many powerful forces TRY to stop it... The people in charge simply can't stop it."
--- Some examples.... "The rise of the internet" .... or... The Rise of Radical Terrorist Islam. -- Those are couple of GREAT examples of things everybody in power tried to control... or stop... and basically they can't. Another great example is Donald Trump. The POWER brokers in The Republican party are doing everything they can to stop the guy.... and they can't do it. Somehow... He keeps getting votes. And... the same could be said for The Democrats this year... Bernie Sanders is doing a WHOLE lot better than the people who run things want him to. But.... don't limit this thinking to Politics.... This applies to something as simple as POT-HOLES in our roads. In spite of all the talk... and all the money that is spent on it... America has a massive infrastructure problem. We spent 100 years building roads and bridges... as if they would last forever.... when... in reality... not much of it was built to last. Or how about this one.... We hear over and over... people in power talking about "saving American jobs" ... yet... the reality on the street is... regardless of who we vote for... America's jobs are being outsourced to countries with lower labor costs... and it is happening at an alarming rate... and nobody seems to be able to stop it. The absolutely absurd War on Drugs is another example.... in spite of spending zillions of dollars... (big surprise) ... people still use drugs... and drug use continues to grow throughout our society. AND THE LIST GOES ON. I have nicknamed this whole thing... "The George Will Theory" ..... lol... So... next time you are trying to figure out what news stories REALLY matter... through all the clutter we are exposed to... I suggest applying "The George Will Theory"... When you see trends that are happening IN SPITE of the people in charge... things the powers that be can not control.... THOSE are the News stories and trends that matter.
The rest is just noise.