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Wandering the reality of communication or why consider the bias…

Please note – it is now 18 days or more since many authors had their posts moderated (I know of 5 there are more I am sure), Please send another message to the admin team. I am sorry that I keep asking, but we are not getting any traction, and many wonderful authors are waiting for their posts to be published. I can only tell you that it is now as bad as it was about a year ago when many authors couldn’t post for more than a month. We are now at 32 days with posts only having been approved one time in that period. Keep sending the admins those messages. At some point, the system has to change. Otherwise, we are going to end up with a crater where the site was.

I have been an information person for many years. I have been on teams that have built global IP and IC solutions. IP is the intellectual property of an organization and is protected by law. IC is the intellectual capital of an organization also protected by law but includes two distinct types of information. Where IP is explicit, physical, and it exists, IC can be explicitly but can also be tacit Tacit knowledge isn’t often written down. Tacit knowledge can be as simple as knowing when to bang the side of the copier at work. It can be as complicated as being the only person in the company that knows the fourteen steps to get something installed in a specific place or office.

The tacit knowledge of a doctor can save your life. The tacit knowledge of a plumber can save you money. They don’t write that information down, although they do pass to it people that they are training. But news has time to live, a time when it is viable. The doctor, with the information to save your life, being 8 hours away with no cell or landline, is well too late. As water cascades around your kitchen floor, the plumber realizing the people were weaker than he or she thought well is too late. As information moves, it decays. It is also nuanced. The reality of the information you receive either by reading or from another person has the risk of your bias (reading) and the other person’s bias.

My dad always used to say information like rivers gets bigger the further you are from the source.

This work is Copyright DocAndersen. Any resemblance to people real or fictional in this piece is accidental (unless explicitly mentioned by name.)

  • Question of

    Ever hear “straights from the horses mouth?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Just a spoon full of sugar makes the medicine go down?

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Reading for context clues is not as good as asking the author, right?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    It is ok to disagree with people

    • Yes
  • Question of

    Did you ever play the telephone game?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Did you ever play the game whale?

    • Yes

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  1. WE got on to IRC chat in like 1988… so that’s the year. we didn’t have real commercial internet in Jamaica until 1995. Before then we got on ‘differently’ and were limited.

    I think Windows started in 1985… I didn’t use it until sort of recently… used Linux

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  2. Even if one hears it straight from the donkey’s mouth, still the information will be passed through according to how the person’s reach of understanding and experience and therefore subject to that person’s biases and prejudices 😉

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  3. Q: EVER HEAR “STRAIGHTS FROM THE HORSES MOUTH?
    Yes (3 votes) – 100%
    Q: JUST A SPOON FULL OF SUGAR MAKES THE MEDICINE GO DOWN?
    Yes (4 votes) – 100%
    Q: READING FOR CONTEXT CLUES IS NOT AS GOOD AS ASKING THE AUTHOR, RIGHT?
    Yes (3 votes) – 75%
    No (1 votes) – 25%
    Q: IT IS OK TO DISAGREE WITH PEOPLE
    Yes (4 votes) – 100%
    Q: DID YOU EVER PLAY THE TELEPHONE GAME?
    Yes (3 votes) – 75%
    No (1 votes) – 25%
    Q: DID YOU EVER PLAY THE GAME WHALE?
    Yes (1 votes) – 100%

  4. That certainly is much too much time to have to wait for posts to get online. However, I wonder if this just happens to be a slow time because I even have noticed that presently it if very hard for me to get writing jobs or to even make bids because at present things seem to have come to a standstill.

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    • i am sure there are a lot of great ideas.

      I do not know the how to improve or even drive urgency in the admin team. They don’t respond to anyone.

      Whale, is a variation of telephone, but the intent is you ask two members of the telephone circle to actually intentionally double the size of whatever is shared originally.

      it can produce some hilarious results.

      (in telephone we would start with a sentence – I love the blue sky)
      it would often become I love blue candy.

      in whale goodness knows what you would end up with!

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