Are you reading the new journalism, or do you still wear the blinders of the old?

The Information Age offers much to mankind, and I would like to think that we will rise to the challenges it presents. But it is vital to remember that information — in the sense of raw data — is not knowledge, that knowledge is not wisdom, and that wisdom is not foresight. But information is … Continue reading Are you reading the new journalism, or do you still wear the blinders of the old?

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Lessons about global warming from Alaska

Summary:  This story about global warming in Alaska has many lessons for us.  About our climate, our news media, about how we process information about our world.  It's a classic application of our methodology, close examination of a small subject to learn large lessons. This is the annual deviation from the 1949-2011 average. The black … Continue reading Lessons about global warming from Alaska

Journalists, relying on anonymous government sources, attack anonymous bloggers who correct journalists’ errors

Summary:  Today's lack of self-awareness award goes to these CNN journalists, on CNN's Newsroom. Here we have a conversation by journalists about the news, displaying an astonishing lack of awareness about the limitations about their business that have diminished their credibility and vaporized the profitability of their employers.  Their self-congratulations are nuts as so many stories in recent years are broken … Continue reading Journalists, relying on anonymous government sources, attack anonymous bloggers who correct journalists’ errors

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