Saturday, July 17, 2010

Real Quick

Samizdata has a mention which suggests the chill involved when Journolists are seen in proximity to you and the facts...

"One of the biggest eye-openers you can have is seeing a story in the press which you have personal knowledge of. ...

Of course, it could be that you just got unlucky and that all the other stories out there are 100% bang on, deadly accurate.

But that seems rather unlikely, doesn’t it?

- 6000 ruminates on false media prophesies of doom regarding the organisation of the soccer World Cup in his native South Africa."


I love and I would like more folks to be aware of Michael Crichtons' sharp notion and talk on the matter.

Here is the quick clip, then I am going to sleep, but Crichton had it nailed tight:

"Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know."

Michael Crichton

I have some more back here:

now sleep...not that you care about my sleep whenever you may read this...

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