On Information Asymmetry

Well said by Julian Assange in this video clip, on the topic of information asymmetry, the media-ocracy and the media elites who encourage or engage in “lively debate” within such narrow boundaries that the outcome of each political battle is, these days, almost entirely inconsequential:

 

We need only look at how fiercely the 2010 British general election was fought over tiny differences in the preferred trajectory of increased government spending as proof of this.

Assange has now founded the WikiLeaks party in Australia, where he has several candidates contending for seats in parliament. Some recent polls suggest that 26 percent of Australians are strongly considering voting for a a WikiLeaks party candidate.

“Readers by definition are ignorant. We read to quench our ignorance. Readers, in effect, are easy prey for newspapers and the people that own them. Newspapers have a knowledge advantage, an information asymmetry. They know what readers don’t know yet, but want to know. And so they can distort the news or even invent it.” – Julian Assange

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2 thoughts on “On Information Asymmetry

  1. politicsinkicks August 5, 2013 / 3:11 PM

    Reblogged this on Politics In Kicks and commented:
    Really enjoyed reading your thoughts on Assange and information dissemination! Keep up the good work!

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    • semipartisansam August 6, 2013 / 8:55 AM

      Many thanks for the reblog and the kind words! Media ownership and practices have been an interest of mine for some time now, so it was interesting to hear Assange addressing that specific subject.

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