2015-11-30

Update On My Inane Experiment

In this previous post, I explained that I was going to attempt to read only business-section news to see how it impacted my view of the world's current events, if at all. It hasn't been very long, but I've already uncovered a fatal flaw in my approach.

That flaw is: In order for something to make it into the "business section," some news-aggregator - whether it's the editor of a newspaper or an algorithm via Bing/Google/Apple - has to first make the determination that X is "business news" (as opposed to some other kind of news). It's not as if that determination is objective to begin with. Someone, somewhere has already decided "oh, this is business news" before I ever lay eyes on it. Does this actually mean that the news I'm reading actually is what "matters" to the business world? Of course not.

In hindsight, this should have been obvious. Oh, well. It was worth a try.