In an information-saturated environment, the observer's most critical faculty is not perception, but rejection. The capacity to rapidly and with low cost reject unneccessary, useless, or bogus signals or messages, below the level of consciousness if at all possible....

In the twenty-first century censorship works by flooding people with irrelevant information. We just don't know what to pay attention to, and often spend our time investigating and debating side issues. In ancient times having power meant having access to data. Today having power means knowing what to ignore.

~ Yuval Noah Harari


...and being able to ignore it without peril.

~ Falk's Addendum

@sydneyfalk It occurs to me that this is what immunity and impunity convey.


didn't see those words in the toots I saw, my bad


@sydneyfalk ???

I was commenting on a connection I'd just made.

I've been thinking a great deal about media, disinformation, propaganda, information overload.

I've also been thinking, on another track, of the phenomenon of impunity or immunity: being able to act without regard for consequences..

I've just realised that Harari's comment joins these. Impunity gives the ability to ignore. That's a principle means by which it enables.



Oh! My mistake, was still getting caffeinated. And agreed on impunity and immunity.

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