“Over-newsed”

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Today is not only the Age of Consumerism, it’s also the OD-Age. We suffer from overdoses of messages, statements, fairy tales, ads, contacts etc. We’re being bombarded with often useless and even false “news”.

We’re “over-newsed” and “under-informed”.

Due to the overwhelming amount of “news”, we focus on organizing rather than processing what we hear and see. A bad development, aggravated by the fact that our wonderful digital “helpers” are prone to manipulation as well.

Hail Google, those that are about to search salute you.

Really?

By the way, back in grad school, I remember spending a lot of time in the library, especially when writing term papers and preparing for exams. I remember walking down the aisles looking for books, for knowledge, for answers. I also remember that digging through these books looking for enlightenment was at times a pain. But above all, I remember the Eureka effect when I had found what I was looking for.

Research was an integral part of the experience. Using search engines nowadays might speed up the process, but annihilates the Eureka moment.

Remember my comments on instant gratification and the thrill of anticipation in an earlier post?

With all the propaganda out there, taking the time to check the facts is a good investment. Building reliable, trustworthy networks enable us to do so.

Investigative citizens, investigative customers, investigative people.

“I didn’t know” or “nobody told me” are terribly lame excuses nowadays. We cannot rely on receiving relevant and correct information – not news – automatically. We have the responsibility to actively gather and analyze it.

“Ignorantia legis non excusat.”
(Proverb)

“True ignorance is not the absence of knowledge,
but the refusal to acquire it.”
(Karl Popper, philosopher of science and professor)

With the facts, we can use our own understanding and make up our own minds. We’re well advised to do that, because if we don’t, someone else will. If she hasn’t already, that is.

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