According to a fantastic friend, Bill Kearns, at the turn of the last century, there were over 200 vehicle producers in North America. (His family’s business was one particular of them.) Every manufacturer had one thing unique, a starter motor, independent suspension, what have you. An wonderful array of advances, some redundant, quite a few brilliant.
However, it is also not the case that official sources are often much more credible (and beneficial) than media-primarily based facts. Initial, media-primarily based data collection that relies on data regarding the implementation and/or the completion of projects can give much more valuable and correct project-level data than official reports, depending on how official project data is collected, updated and presented.
In 1942 Asimov began to publish what is possibly his defining series, the Foundation stories. The brief stories have been later collected as the Foundation Trilogy: Foundation (1951) Foundation and Empire (1952) and Second Foundation (1953). These stories which chronicle the collapse of an interstellar empire and it’s rebirth through the Foundation are firmly aimed at the human condition (via the lens of Psychohistory) rather than gadgets.
For democrats, then, media competitors and journalistic norms do not suffice for deliberation, diversity, and accountability. If media are central to the formation of a participating and informed citizenry, and if media organization influences media efficiency, then problems about ownership, regulation, and subsidy need to be matters of public debate. But such debate has been almost non-existent in the United States. Even in broadcasting, exactly where the publicly owned airwaves are licensed to private customers, the public has in no way had any meaningful participation in the formation of policy.
So long as we prefer not to listen or discover about other cultures and respect them, we are like someone who suffers when possessing his teeth pulled out, and hopes that the painful novocaine injection will ease the pain and strain. The truth remains we nevertheless have to take that tooth out, novocaine or not. We can not suspend disbelief with the hope that our reality, as we see it, is but a film, nothing at all additional.