Cognitive Thrift 20 – Feedback

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Cognitive Thrift 20 – Feedback

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

May 30, 2017

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: In terms of a general principle through cognitive thrift or cognitive economics, and bearing in mind the feedback systems and information theory and community theory basis of a lot of this, we can derive a principle about nested systems and levels of feedback within the system and in the embedded systems within that larger one.

Rick Rosner: The erosion of American stuff, which is proportional to the amount of news coverage that is available. I grew in the 60s. There was a half hour a day of national news on TV, on each of the three networks. Under – there was less pressure to crank out a lot of journalism. There was – though…

Jacobsen: I could clarify what I meant. What you’re providing are very specific societal examples from a standard American perspective, which makes sense based on the information that you do take in a lot of now, my perspective went abstract. In terms of how these interrelated, and so I think they’re very much tied together, here’s the theoretical foundation of it in these disciplines and your provision of examples are very good and lay out a trendline of these in the, now, most powerful nation now, in history. It is a practical and theoretical overlap between the too.

Rosner: We’re right in the middle of media and politics wrecking themselves and each other. Right now, people are not resistant, sufficiently resistant, to manipulation via targeted information, where everybody has their chosen bubble. And often these bubbles are cynically manipulated, lie the conservative bubble is partly stuff that. Both the conservative-liberal – whatever bubble you’re in is party actual events, stories about those events, and partly spin about those events, and partly manufactured events.

And the information that wins probably in each of the major political bubbles right now in America is stuff that’s been spun.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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