I have a friend who asks, “Do we have information overload? Too much information?” I say, ”No.”
I just saw an article about a co-founder of YouTube Jawed Karim, criticizing YouTube’s decision to delete “dislikes.” That would be where you can press a thumbs-up or thumbs-down button to show how you felt about a video without taking the time to make a comment. Sure enough, I checked and there are no dislikes anywhere. Thousands of likes and no dislikes.
Oftentimes the comments are very valuable, for instance in a do-it-yourself demonstration suggesting an additional helpful tip. There are often several videos showing a job done in different ways. For example, changing a brake caliper. If the cameraman’s hand is in the way when he says, “loosen this bolt,” and you can’t see which bolt he’s talking about, you can press the “dislike” button so other people can choose a different video to start with.
I’ve seen amazing musical performances on YouTube and in the comments section someone will say, “That someone disliked this video shows there’s a moron out there.” Well, I might say they have different tastes in music, but you get the idea.
In October, files relating to the assassination of President Kennedy were scheduled to be released. President Biden stopped that release (as did Trump) claiming national security reasons. Taking a detailed look at what went on that day 58 years ago and in the years that followed suggests it was more like government security, rather than national security. If a situation 58 years ago needs to be kept secret from us, who own this country today, we’ve got deeper problems.
Atlanta was deprived of the All-Star Game because Georgia passed a law that “restricts” voting. Well, anyone can read it and compare it to the law in Colorado (who hosted the All-Star Game) and see the trivial nature of the differences but the point is: Why is the vote so darn important if we don’t know what is going on?
We are defined by what TV station we watch. I prefer to read, but my aunt had Tucker Carlson as a student in elementary school. So we catch him on YouTube occasionally. He’s on Fox so there’s that (you can stop reading now). When we bought this ’67 bug it didn’t come with an operator’s manual. I found one on eBay and in my communication with the seller I suggested he check out my blog. He wrote back, “I don’t watch Fox news!” I guess he thinks I do. We are defined, like I said.
Since Carlson brought me to Fox, I thought I should visit MSNBC, as it is said to be contrary to Fox. It is.
Without a Ministry of Truth (We just plodded through the movie version of 1984) it is hard to get facts straight. On any article I read the author’s name or source is as much part of the story as the content of the story. So how do we deal with this to benefit “the common good?”
How do we deal with it in sports? Follow the rules. For example, I don’t fly because I read the Fourth Amendment. That and all the rest is there for the common good. There is not enough information to ignore The Constitution.