|Nobel prize winng physicist|
Crichton said that he named the
amnesia effect after him because
Gell-Man was a famous, well
respected man that would give
the idea some attention.
On the surface this doesn't make sense. Logically, if you know the reporting is inaccurate in one story, you shouldn't trust any other stories from that source. But that is usually not what we do. We seem to have an amnesia about the mistakes and take the other stories at face value.
I'd like to say that I am a critical consumer of news and don't trust anything I hear or read. But that wouldn't be true. I do listen with a bit of skepticism to some things, but most things I don't. Flooding in North Dakota. Never gave the accuracy of the reporting a second thought. An election in California. Ditto. And so it goes.
Have you ever thought about what reporting you accept as the truth and what you don't?