Information overload is driving us crazy -- and the media can help

Updated 1249 GMT (2049 HKT) December 1, 2017

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Victoria D. Baranetsky is a free speech attorney and currently works as General Counsel at The Center for Investigative Reporting. She is also an affiliate at Harvard's Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. This is the next installment in the CNN Opinion series on the challenges facing the media, under attack from critics, governments and changing technology.

(CNN)In a famous 1927 concurrence, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis distinguished the purpose of free speech as helping humans to develop and nurture their capabilities to have meaningful discourse. Brandeis wrote: "The greatest menace to freedom is an inert people; that public discussion is a political duty, and that this should be a fundamental principle of the American government."