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Unlearning Cable TV

Posted in Culture, Current Affairs, General, Politics, Television

Fellow author and change agent, Seth Godin, has an excellent post today entitled "The problem with cable news thinking" in which he outlines 12 ways cable television amplifies the worst elements of emotional reaction. After reviewing the list, it appears to me that all are things the cable industry would do well to unlearn; but 5, in particular, are also things that manyof us should seek to unlearn in other aspects of our lives:

1. Unwillingness to reverse course and change one's mind

2. Defense of the status quo encouraged by an audience self-selected to be uniform

3. Confusing opinion with the truth

4. Revising facts to fit a point of view

5. Unwillingness to review past mistakes in light of history and use those to do better next time

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