Reblog: A new tragedy of the commons – David Truss….

The Tragedy of the Commons: In economics, the tragedy of the commons is the depletion of a shared resource by individuals, acting independently and rationally according to each one’s self-interest, despite their understanding that depleting the common resource is contrary to their long-term best interests. ~ Wikipedia

Have you ever been on a highway and there was a slow-down, with both lanes moving at a crawl… Then five minutes later you see a car on the side of the road with a tow truck, and every driver is slowing down to take a look, which is the reason the traffic slowed! Why is it necessary to slow down and see something that is not in the way of traffic? What were all the drivers expecting to see? ‘We’ have an incredible infactuation with seeing morbid things.

This doesn’t just happen on highways. A tragedy happens and people are glued to their televisions, and simultaneously on their computers, tablets and phones. And news media monopolies know this. They feed us like we are hungry vultures. We circle them, and they circle us… feeding us every gory detail to be sure that we stick around and feed on all they offer. This has manifested into a new kind of ‘Tragedy of the Commons’, this one social-emotional rather than economic. We blindly follow the horrifying stories of news conglomerates, and worse yet, we become part of the conglomerate, Tweeting and Facebooking and blogging our perception of the tragic event.

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Al Smith @literateowl

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