Background that lead me to ponder this:
Does anyone have ideas for either of:
- approaches to journalism that can be enacted quickly, and ideally independently, to clean up discourse, and which are plausibly compatible with the incentives journalists are currently under
- ways to get information about this problem to enough people in the media
My current thinking is that journalists are following this incentive due to trying to satisfy a market generated by anxiety; it seems critical to me, in designing the update feed of a media source in the current age, that that media source be engaging for users - regardless of media type: for example, 3blue1brown seems to me to be evidence that creating engaging math educational content is very possible.
Can news be written in such a way that it does the useful jobs of news, while also avoiding the flooding issue? my guess is that the bad things need to be a footnote, considered to be chaff thrown to distract. Can informational/news sites be laid out differently to better organize the information people need to see? Can journalists use different habits for seeking out information to inform others of? etc.
I'm looking for brainstorming on how to structure communication to eliminate this class of attack on the communications ecosystem, and brainstorming on who to get involved in order to get the communications ecosystem to that point as fast as possible.