Reliability, Security & Speed

I have to get this on the record some way & here it is.  The mine disaster in West Virginia as reported by the media showed up some fundamental flaws in reportage.  In the military the priority of communications used to be (highest to lowest) Reliability, Security then Speed.  While in the public media security is least important, the other two: reliability & speed are. What good is fast unreliable or incomplete information?

I would much prefer a database of reliable & complete, unbiased information than a quick pile of rumor & speculation & innuendo.

I would urge you the public to vote with your pocketbook for reliable information & complete unbiassed information. The rest is worthless. Commercial providers of news opt for speed.  Why? There is the illusion that the scoops bring in readers & viewers & money. Maybe so, but it's kinda like a sale of horse manure at 50% off. It may be good for growing grass, but do you really want a daily diet of it?  Most of the news really doesn't affect us personally. I would say that ~95% of it has little affect at all. Look at yesterday's news & see what, if any, had a direct influence on you at all. If view of this then why do we need quick news?  I say it's mostly a diversion & an escape.

 Resist the news, Unhack the Brain!

Tags

  1. media
  2. reliability
  3. security
  4. speed

Comments


Mark de LA says
Yes, the 3 dimensions (of message traffic in the military parlance) are Reliability, Security & then speed. If we are dead as a result of the compromised security of information that leads to our enemies killing us then nothing else matters. "You're Dead!" is about as bad as bad news gets! 


Seth says
I see your 2 dimensions of relialility vs speed; and the inherant trade off between them.  In a live world, we cannot always sacrafice speed for reliability.  Nor,  should we live in reality and not fantacy, can we alway sacrafice reliability for speed.    Some things just will not happen if we are too slow in being aware of the facts.  It can be folly to move based on incomplete or erronious facts.  There is a balance to be struck in each and every transaction.

In the case of the coal miners, somebody goofed.  The resque worker in the mine made the wrong call.  He should have checked the facts prior to mouthing that they were alive.  Then of course the media really did not have any choice. The realities of the marketplace took over. 

I also can see "Security" as another dimension.  The dimension of walls that thwart the flow of information in our culture.  There too,  is a trade off.  We dont want the walls too high or too porous.  We are all connected, but if we try to make 10^10  caring connections, we will go bust.

Seth says
Resist the news, Unhack the Brain!

I find this meme interesting and not without merit.  For me it is like a breathing process, in and out.  Sometimes i am like a sponge, and cannot get enough news ... and that applies equally to the blogosphere and traditional media.  Other times i withdraw.  Primarialy to focus my own intentions. During that time, when i am breathing out, i am concentrating on accomplishments, or my immediate family or circle of friends.  I think a person who tends to always withdraw  from the tide of current events in our culture, tends not to have a life that is relivant.  But some people just don't care about that ... and that is fine with me ... i am who i am, and they are who they are. 



Mark de LA says
It would also be nice if reporters quit publishing national classified secrets. Just because you have some information doesn't mean you have to publish it. I am in favor of jailing reporters, editors, publishers & their sources who do so.

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