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History! Or A Lesson Lost In Time

I saved these comments online not so long ago, and sorry for the life of me cannot find their original author to credit them.

However, confess they made me think. Made me think …. about each line and every point. (see 12 points below)

I know many readers wont care and probably wont read, listen and digest. However, thought these points were worth re-publishing.

I wonder at times if we ever learn from past experiences, if what was a mistake yesterday could turn out to be a mistake today and God forsake a mistake tomorrow.

Personally, I spend a large proportion of my “free” time inside online communities and can’t help but think the mistakes & hence subsequent downfall of the previous “popular” distributor of “news & information” Cable news services has taught us nothing.

Personally, I spend my “free” time in online communities for a few simple reasons

  1. Their diverse in nature.
  2. With anonymity often comes the “real” truth
  3. Many have no commercial axe to grind.
  4. Many are global – don’t know why but maybe living on an island this is important to me

Now here comes the quotes “Cable news thinking has nothing to do with fires or with politics. Instead, it amplifies the worst elements of emotional reaction:

1. Focus on the urgent instead of the important.
2. Vivid emotions and the visuals that go with them as a selector for what’s important.
3. Emphasis on noise over thoughtful analysis.
4. Unwillingness to reverse course and change one’s mind.
5. Xenophobic and jingoistic reactions (fear of outsiders).
6. Defense of the status quo encouraged by an audience self-selected to be uniform.
7. Things become important merely because others have decided they are important.
8. Top down messaging encourages an echo chamber (agree with this edict or change the channel).
9. Ill-informed about history and this particular issue.
10. Confusing opinion with the truth.
11. Revising facts to fit a point of view.
12. Unwillingness to review past mistakes in light of history and use those to do better next time.

If I wanted to hobble an organisation or even a country, I’d wish these twelve traits on them.” ┬áCan we really learn from the past. Suppose ultimately only time will tell.

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