Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Facts Are True, the News Is Fake
How to Disagree with Yourself
The mass media’s one-way communication system is collapsing – for all the right reasons.
In the wake of the 2016 US elections, Americans’ trust in the mass media has reached a historic low – for good reason, says world-renowned essayist and maverick thinker Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Those familiar with Taleb’s work know of his disdain for journalists (along with bankers and academics). This essay is yet another jab at a favorite straw man, but Taleb makes some intriguing points. Social media, he says, are restoring a more organic exchange of information that people have enjoyed for millennia. Taleb goes on to explain what ancient Talmudic and Christian scholars can teach modern society about “the art of disagreement.” getAbstract recommends Taleb’s short think piece to media professionals and information consumers of all stripes.
About the Author
Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a scholar, risk analyst and bestselling author of The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness and Antifragility.
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