The emergence is a Jerk

source:  Scott Reynen's a comment on Aarons blog here [emphasis mine]

This wasn't a very satisfying conclusion for me. This same series could have been written ten years ago, and in many places it was. We had the same problems then, and the same vague "take back the media" solutions were proposed. Now we all have blogs, and we have wikipedia, and we have podcasts. Yet the problem remains. The problem is systemic in scope, but it's perpetuated by individuals. Every time we trade accuracy for convenience, refusing to think critically, we contribute to the problem.

More information doesn't make us more thoughtful, and the web doesn't seem to demand thoughtfulness any more than Fox or the NYT do. In many ways, it just makes it easier to be mentally lazy. What are we doing to penalize individuals who regularly promote hype over substance or reward individuals who reguarly promote substance over hype? I don't see us doing much at all. I expect more of the same.


Ever read something and it keeps resonating in your mind ... for hours ... for days.  Well, for me, Soctt's comments did.  I mean he is soo right.  It is a stark reality ... we have a systemic problem ... all of my leviathan dreams aside ... human behavior is what it is ... people are not going to just be focusing .... instead they are going to do what is easy to do ... shoot from the hip ... heap liberal rhetoric on top of conservitive rhetoric.  Is there any wisdome in collective good intentions?  Or will this emergence always be a chaotic jerk?

Oh well ... back to real work ...

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