This year, I have thrown in a lot of towels. Fed-up with the (ironically) Euro-centric, leftist, anti-corporatist bias of Scientific American, I cancelled my subscription of more than 35 years. Fed up with the anti-GMO sentiment of environmental activists, EU farmers, wind-sniffing politicians, and regulators, I sold my Monsanto stock. Fed-up with ambulance-chasing lawyers and the whims of health regulators, I sold my Medtronic stock. On December 4, fed up with the Wall Street Journal's fence-sitting coverage of the Islamic terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, I cancelled my WSJ Digital subscription.
Today, I signed-up for a free trial subscription to Investors Business Daily. I want business news and world news from the angle of American business. I do not want news passed through a bunch of doped filters. Yes, doped. As when a substance chosen specifically for its physico-chemical properties, called a "dopant," is added to the recipe for a batch of material (i.e., a product) being synthesized, fabricated, or manufactured. News is a product. The news being cranked-out by today's media is so chock-full of dopants, including ideology, politics, bias, misinformation, disinformation, and lack of education, that you cannot trust it. Not that the situation has ever been different, but, with real-time, 24/7, digital information (text, photos, data), the amount of noise passing through the media's news fabs is drowning out the facts and the truth. That's why we need filters. To filter out the noise. Eventually, facts can be identified and verified. Truth, however, is often in the eye and mind of the beholder. One person's truth is another person's falsehood. We live or die based on our own truth. Well, guess what? I am going to live by my truth and you can live by yours.
Education is what enables each of us to decide our own truth. Education provides filters. The more education, the more filters. There's nothing wrong with more filters, as long as you do not "lose" important information, and as long as your information processing system's central processing unit (your brain, dummy), is able to process information and spit out results in a time frame that suits the urgency of situation. Terrorism presents an urgent situation. We need to process information about terrorism very quickly, usually, in real-time, with high sensitivity and specificity. When lives are on the line, we cannot tolerate errors in decision making. We need rules and filters to process terrorist threats. When it comes to my life, and the lives of people (and dogs!) that I care about, others may chose the rules (laws, regulations), but I am going to chose the filters. Not the White House. Not the media.
Who ever thought that choosing one's source of news could be so complicated?