Friday, July 25, 2008

Mirrors don't lie, they mislead

I liked this succinct NYT article about mirrors largely because it articulates nicely how what we believe is not necessarily so. Make sure you click, in particular, on the mirror images graphic just below the first paragraph.

It's a useful metaphor for digitally related regulations generally - what policymakers believe is not necessarily so but there is no room for other perspectives. The art of persuasion through a story based on empirical evidence and reason seems to be absent from the policymaking process. It's been killed off by vested interests and the rush for the soundbite and the headline.

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