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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Media Theorem 1: Equality of Goofiness

Science of Media

Theorem 1:
All Media, traditional or electronic, are basically as goofy as you are.

Once you do the proofs and get a grasp on this theorem, it will probably begin to shock you into some sort of state of denial, but it is true, and this is the exact reason why you should not believe 99% of what you see , read, or hear. (cf. Claude Shannon: The Goofy Logarithmic Function in Communications)

While reading this morning, I saw a report about Mitt Romney's dad, George Romney, who was a peach of a guy, and it said that George told Mitt that no one paying off a mortgage should run for public office. The quote had a distinctly odd flavor to it, and it was not clear what the meaning was, although the writer seemed to think it was tainted with elitism.

Then later I saw the quote itself:
I happened to see my dad run for governor when he was 54 years old. He had good advice for me. He said, "Mitt, never get involved in politics if you have to win an election to pay a mortgage. If you find yourself in a position when you can serve, why, you oughta have a responsibility to do so if you think you can make a difference." He said, "Also don't get involved in politics if your kids are still young 'cause it may turn their head."
This is the George Romney I knew: do not run for office for the money you will get from it.

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