The Mess of Information and the Order of Doubt

University of Western Sydney
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Global Media Journal Australian Edition, 2013, 7 (1), pp. 1 - 11
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The failure of news media to adequately report `accurate' information is frequently noted. However, information seems widely distorted in other situations as well, and it may not be possible to explain this distortion fully by factors such as inevitable reinterpretation, or political and pro-corporate propaganda. This paper argues that magnified distortion and inaccuracy can be traced to fundamental factors within the `information society itself, such as `information overload and `information-grouping. In this society, doubt becomes a political tool with which our sense of status quo, meaning, group membership and personal identity is defended when under threat. Doubt is an ongoing part of informations reception in the `information society and helps filter what I call `information mess. The paper elaborates some `information mess principles (IMPs), to explain these features.
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