Media madness #1 – their lies and ignorance make us stupid

Critics (like me) have railed about the flaws of the old media.  Media experts, such as Clay Shirky, have warned that the new news media might be worse.  Today we look at evidence supporting their fears. Here we see the essence of making us stupid Internet websites, 21st century propaganda machines.  It's not that their analysis was … Continue reading Media madness #1 – their lies and ignorance make us stupid

Clay Shirky is brilliant and American – hence often delusionally flattering

America's broken Observation-Orientation-Decision-Action loop (aka OODA loop; see Wikipedia for details) affects us all, distorting our ability to see even simple things.  It's most clearly seen in experts writing about their own fields.  Today's example is Clay Shirky, one of America's top writers about the evolution of the news media.  See his Wikipedia entry and bio about his background … Continue reading Clay Shirky is brilliant and American – hence often delusionally flattering

A new news media emerges for our new world, unseen and unexpected

Summary:  One indicator of the massive changes sweeping America is the destruction of longtime solid business models.  This post discussed colleges; today we look at the news media.  Tons of ink have been spilled on this, but IMO ignoring some likely outcomes. . The major news media are on a treadmill. Loss of credibility shrinks their audience, … Continue reading A new news media emerges for our new world, unseen and unexpected

The future, always in motion and therefore difficult to see

The future is always difficult to see, but especially during those discontinuous events called revolutions.  As Clay Shirky explains in this look at "Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable" (13 March 2009).  He discusses journalism, but his lessons are applicable to the world of today -- small and large. Elizabeth Eisenstein's magisterial treatment of Gutenberg's invention, … Continue reading The future, always in motion and therefore difficult to see