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Last updated on August 6th, 2017 at 06:32 am
The Sunday Age’s Terry Lane – now reduced from writing weekly to writing every two weeks, which probably means he’s been half-fired since his last column debacle – muses on the nature of news dissemination:
Cultural critic Neil Postman, in Amusing Ourselves to Death, reckons that our news collection and dissemination technologies have turned the age-old problem of information on its head: where people once sought information to manage the real contexts of their lives, now they have to invent contexts in which otherwise useless information might be put to some use.
• Useless information: long-disproved claims by someone who never served in Iraq;
• Invented context: the war on terror is opposed even by US troops;
• Put to some use: Lane got a column out of it.
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