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?
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
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
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
Some articles you might find of interest, updates about matters discussed on the FM website. Contents About government efforts to control the news At last, sensible action to mitigate the housing crisis News about the financial crisis About the US dollar (1) About government efforts to control the news "Media Criticism, Chicago-Style", Glenn Reynolds, op-ed … Continue reading Updates to posts past on the FM website
Summary: The mainstream media is dying to a large extent of self-inflicted wounds. Journalists instead blame a wide range of other factors, following our new national motto: “It’s not MY fault!" Here is a look at our changing news media by an expert. It's worth a look, as the media is a major force re-shaping America: "A New … Continue reading Must the old media die for the new media to flourish?
Here are some articles to remember when reading the mainstream media's frequent self-congratulations, their mourning as they lose influence, and disparagement of new media reporting. "The Vitality of Mythical Numbers", Max Singer, Public Interest, Spring, 1971 "The (Continued) Vitality of Mythical Numbers", Peter Reuter,Public Interest, Spring 1984 "The (Ongoing) Vitality of Mythical Numbers - Does ID … Continue reading We know nothing because we read newspapers