Missing the significant

Jan 14th, 2017 | By | Category: International

A Dublin radio station this week shared a meme on social media, “we survived the snow of 2017,” it said, and underneath there was a picture showing a ruler indicating that the snow was two millimetres in depth. The meme mocks the culture of exaggeration, our culture’s desire to pretend that even the most trivial news stories are things that are significant.

The culture of magnification is most evident in the mass media; the 24 hour rolling news services on television are peopled by presenters and correspondents intent on convincing us …