I was only young pre-teen when I came across the idea that definitions could be and…

I was only young pre-teen when I came across the idea that definitions could be and should be "operationalized". What impressed me more deeply than even the principle itself but that we could engage something as evanescent as knowledge and our activities with information.

If we proceed to inquire into social media and public information by operationalizing certain aspects we soon enough find that our comfortable assumptions have practically no basis in reality.
Do individuals read more than headlines? Encountering some "bumper-sticker slogan" or "fortune-cookie wisdom" do persons pivot to explore that idea? and follow it to an explication of the matter itself? Does material that is obviously "link bait" move people to be ever more discerning on what they graze? does browsing become ever more effective? ever more sophisticated? We could make a list of our most optimistic assessments in these regards and mark each plainly: FALSE. It is painfully evident that the cheap thrill of tribal loyalty swamps the very instinctive and very slight yearning for truthful information.

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