Dec 10, 2009

I Miss Michael Crichton

For reasons and reasonableness like this:

"Briefly stated, the Gell-Mann Amnesia effect is as follows. You open the newspaper to an article on some subject you know well. In Murray's case, physics. In mine, show business. You read the article and see the journalist has absolutely no understanding of either the facts or the issues. Often, the article is so wrong it actually presents the story backward—reversing cause and effect. I call these the "wet streets cause rain" stories. Paper's full of them.
In any case, you read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know."
Michael Crichton



4 comments:

pamibe said...

That... is so simple yet profound. It' the throw enough crap at you until you believe it device currently in use by our government... it'll wear on you.

Froth said...

His statement is so true. I need to remember it every time I read something about our local government and know that it's wrong because I work for one of'em. Why should everything else reported be right?

PeggyU said...

I miss Crichton too. When is that posthumous book supposed to be available?

I am still trying to figure out, though, why Crichton would favor socialized medicine. For all his insight in other areas, he seemed to be one of those ivory tower academic doctors that the practicing docs hold in disdain.

joated said...

He was so right on the newspapers. Seems the regular folks are catching on, however, as seen in circulation numbers for all major dailies.