Successful decision-making is more limited in aspiration, more modest in its beliefs about its knowledge of the world, more responsive to the reactions of others, more sensitive to the complexity of the systems with which it engages. Complex goals are generally best achieved obliquely.
"Times readers will be charged £1 for a day’s access – the same price as the weekday newspaper – or £2 for a week’s subscription to two new sites, which will replace the existing Times Online. Print subscribers will gain free access to the Times and Sunday Times sites, while international visitors face charges of $2/€1.50 a day or $4/€3 a week."
(NB FT staff appearing on camera need to wear ties or at least tidy their collars up a bit.....doesnt fit with the brand!)
...its newspapers. "In its purest form, a newspaper consists of a collection of facts which, in controlled circumstances, can actively improve knowledge. Unfortunately, facts are expensive, so to save costs and drive up sales, unscrupulous dealers often "cut" the basic contents with cheaper material, such as wild opinion, bullshit, empty hysteria, reheated press releases, advertorial padding and photographs of Lady Gaga with her bum hanging out."
In the 21st century, it's time, again for newspapers to learn how to profit with stakeholders — instead of extracting profits from them. The 21st century's great challenge isn't selling the same old "product" better: it's learning to make radically better stuff in the first place.
The New York Times has launched Timescast - a daily look at their editorial meeting and discussions. It's not raw - it's clearly edited and "produced" but it does give a glimpse at the editorial process behind the paper. There have been previous attempts at this - notably CBS News - which failed because of lack of interest v cost. But any attempt at greater transparency of editorial process and judgements is to be applauded and can only support greater trust...
". “Research by pest controllers Rentokil shows that, on average, a single train compartment houses a staggering 1,000 cockroaches, 200 bed bugs, 200 fleas, 500 dust mites and 100 carpet beetles,” said the Mail.
These figures are very specific, and they do all sound a little bit on the high side. Where did they come from? ... Brands2Life and Rentokil both declined to show me what they sent to journalists, but in any case, contrary to what was said earlier, wherever it came from, these numbers did not come from measurements and counts, they are actually based on a “theoretical model”."
The sharp-eyed among you (yes, you....over there...!) will notice I've added some rss feeds of other blogs in the side panel. True to the name of this blog and its original interests, they are blogs which seek to distinguish facts from opinion, spin or fiction. So far, Ben Goldacre's rightly celebrated Bad Science blog which regularly skewers bad science and much else; Channel 4's FactCheck which fact-checks UK political claims and issues and the BBC's More or Less programme page which gets behind the, often careless, everyday use of numbers and statistics. If you know of more in this vein, please tell me and I'll add them. Thanks...