Unique ≠ (necessarily) Better

Now this is one of the social idiosyncrasies that often get away without being challenged. How many times, just how many times have we been inspired by the false notion that unique is better? We often see Hollywood, and people in general tell us being unique or having a unique identity or unique attributes to your personality often gets you somewhere special nobody else typically dare wanders into. Does this all even make sense or ring any bells of misguided societal perceptions?

hasty generalizations and our infatuation to novelty can make unique seem like an improvement on the current

I have seen many a times in the news and media how some uniqueness in an invention or candidate or development of a story can often be associated with some much-awaited breakthrough or exciting feature or achievement. I am not challenging here that all things unique and out of the regular is always up to no good, but instead that all things unique are not necessarily up to good. The media for some weird reason or the other seems to be pretty darn good at doing this, glorifying uniqueness. Some high school kid makes a project that stands out from the rest and is instantly applauded – with little to no thought of the actual scientific validity of the project or the research that went behind prior to its manifestation on public fronts.

Again, I am not saying good projects or inventions don’t deserve the recognition they deserve, no not at all. I just would like to see a little more thought spared to something – project, invention or what not before people blatantly promote it for others to see and recognize. Do you remember that one time a high school boy apparently invented a clock? (per media reports, not my words) And the jacked-up-on-several-rounds-of-Jägerbombs media would go out of their way to surface a buzz among the gullible folk – the kind of people that will easily buy into anything you tell them without checking or challenging the credibility of your sources.

the more people informed of rumor, the more potential transmitters and therefore potential for a higher rate of transmission

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The Information Loop: Intellectual Stimulation or Retardation?

Today I am going to write about something a little controversial and what I’d like to call fancily the Information Loop. This loop represents every source we get our information from: news, answers to our crockery questions, and how to tie a tie, and by some magic the loop seems to have answers to all of them. I’m taking this up on myself to debate the intellectual effects from our reliance on this repository of knowledge.

Before I dive further, why call it a ‘loop’? And let me assure you I’d done a bit of thinking before calling dibs on ‘loop’. We are often inclined to believe what sources (of information) we chose to get our information from is solely per our discretion but is it really? The prerequisite of knowing where to get your information from is also information. You certainly wouldn’t be reading this if you hadn’t been informed of WordPress. If you’re still not seeing it, the information pertaining to the whereabouts of other sources of information is one that needs to be acquired from a source. There certainly is a hierarchy but it is also a source (of information) and follows suit until you establish yourself in a loop – where you get information from the same sources and turn to the same other sources for more information. Continue reading “The Information Loop: Intellectual Stimulation or Retardation?”