The original title is "America's shortcut culture," but this cultural change does not take place in the U.S. alone.
Los Angeles Times :: It's worth noting that Jonah Lehrer's impulse to come up with tidy quotations that seamlessly fit into his theme happened in the context of a culture in which the concepts of "documenting" and "manipulating" are no longer always at odds. Indeed, they often cannot afford to be because ideas expressed in anything but the most succinct and entertaining terms run the risk of losing the ratings wars.
[Meghan Daum:] That is, audiences are inclined to not only prefer cleaned-up quotes, they're likely to favor a more staged version of events over the more banal, factual version.
"Shortcut culture" - An opinon piece by Meghan Daum, www.latimes.com
HT: and also a must-read: Steve Myers, Poynter: "Plagiarism, more fake interviews in Jonah Lehrer’s books"