Source: The Increasing Problem With the Misinformed (by @baekdal) #analysis
about the rise of the misinformed using some really interesting data, as well as the threat to freedom of the press
while the publishing side of things is undergoing tremendous changes, so is the journalistic and editorial side. The old concept of creating a package of news was designed for a public that we assumed was uninformed by default, but this is no longer the case.
The public is no longer uninformed. They are misinformed, and that requires an entirely different editorial focus. … Now your focus must be on explaining the news instead.
Source: Immortality Begins at Forty
I discovered something a couple of years ago: Almost all culture, old or new, is designed for consumption by people under 40. People between 40 and Ω (an indeterminate number defined as “really, just way too old”), are primarily employed as meaning-makers for the under-40 set. This is because they are mostly good for nothing else, and on average not valuable enough themselves for society to invest meaning in.
you begin to experience immortality the first time you recognize the transience of experiences you thought were permanent, and more subtly, the permanence of experiences you hoped were transient.
Source: Wonky Thoughts: Salt and Forgotten Knowledge
For nearly a century, health issues related to iodine deficiency were regarded as a solved problem, until both the problem and the solution became forgotten knowledge.