January 04, 2006

The Misled Society

True Ancestor on the journalistic debacle at the mine:

Our saddened psyches got the better of us: we wanted good news so badly, we took bad news and changed it to fit our needs.

This suggests a host of larger problems, but the main one, I think, is this: it takes time to sort out the simplest of challenges, and we don't have, or aren't given, that time anymore. This isn't just a problem with the news media -- after all, it is the families of the miners that were soonest and most tragically misinformed, not by the media but by mine officials. We all want information, and we'll take it before it even qualifies as such.

Read more here.