It’s been one week since the inauguration of the new U.S. president and I don’t think I have ever paid so much attention to U.S. politics before. I am trying not to get caught up in a… “What did Trump do today?” sort of thing. I am feeling quite confused about what and how much I should be paying attention to… if at all. Other questions: Where should I look and read to stay informed? Am I aware of how algorithms are determining what I read? Yesterday I read Dean Shareski’s post about similar thoughts and questions (he links other good reading as well). A few of his points/positions resonated with me, including:
In the end, many of us are getting obese on information. I know some would argue that’s the price we have to pay. We are forced to stay informed. But staying informed today with being somewhat misinformed is extremely challenging.”
I recently changed my “Twitter bio” to mention that I was using Twitter to stay informed. Lately though, I have been a bit disturbed by what I have been informed about. Maybe things will settle down soon… It still makes me feel a bit lost and I wonder if there is any point to individuals blogging, tweeting or responding with all the information (and manipulation?) and news (and “fake news”) blasting out lately. (Well, some of the humorous responses have eased the tension some!)
Donna Miller Fry has been tackling the topic about the challenges of our current internet and online/social media worlds through a series of “10 posts in 10 days” on her blog. She has really dug into some important questions and current realities. She is listing all 10 posts with further good reading and listening here.
Lots to digest and balance…