Sta Hungry Stay Foolish

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A blog by Leon Oudejans

If you pay peanuts then you get monkeys (2)

For a long time, something is bugging me: the nonsense ratio of “news” articles, and its parroting by other media (eg, radio, tv). Most information is ideologically biased (eg, conservative-right vs liberal left). Often, its main intention is to raise our anger rather than to increase our knowledge.

As a result, the Data, Information, Knowledge and Wisdom model (DIKW) may not even be relevant anymore, today.

Based on the quality criteria in yesterday’s blog (see left), most news articles prioritize their quantity (eg, # of clicks) over their quality.

I suppose it’s a conscious choice based on priorities (eg, audience ranking, profit). Hence, it’s a business model.

That prioritization of quantity over quality seems to increase on an almost “daily” basis.

The resulting lack of quality is annoying because anger is not what I need, want or believe in.

Neither should you.

In general, anger supports competition (eg, polarization) rather than cooperation between ourselves. Competition is essential in our market economy for properly allocating resources (eg, labour, raw materials). Competition in non-market, personal, or public sectors tends to yield wrong results.

At some point in time, “we” will question the click-bait-fight nature of “news” articles and “we” will demand regulation. In some countries, this process has already started (eg, China, Hungary, Poland, Russia). No doubt, others will follow. In 1945, Karl Popper labelled this as the paradox of tolerance.

“Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.”

A 1945 quote by Karl Popper (1902-1994) from  The Open Society and Its Enemies

Don’t Look Back In Anger (1996) by Oasis
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Note: all markings (bolditalicunderlining) by LO unless in quotes or stated otherwise.


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