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Modern Information: Empty Words Lead to Inaction & Distraction

Countless books, think pieces, Twitter threads, comedy shows, and podcasts have scrutinized the diseased body politic down to its smallest, rottenest internal part. The insight industry is booming. Interesting forms of expertise and cultural capital have been developed. Stars of analysis, wit, and protestation have been born. We are alert as never before to the jurisprudence of the Supreme Court, the rules of Congress, racial and economic injustice, the techniques of propaganda, the elements of malignant narcissism. The ship may be about to hit the iceberg, but we have excellent hypotheses about the captain’s complex childhood and the shortcomings of the hull design.

Joseph O’Neill, Real Americans

Found in: This Land Is Our Land by Suketu Mehta in the New York Review of Books, where this paragraph describes modern information society. We are all in reality nothing but Paper Tigers 2.0.

HT Om Malik

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