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Discussion in 'Tesla, Inc.' started by stephenpace, May 25, 2017.

  1. stephenpace

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    There is a lot of discussion about fake news these days. While some may feel we now live in a “post fact” world, I don’t. If you haven’t read it, I encourage you to read NPR's Steve Inskeep’s take on the subject, A Finder's Guide To Facts. Steve offers a lot of common sense things to look for when evaluating an article...

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  2. Tangible

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    Interesting piece. One counter-balance to all the negativity should be the enthusiasm of Tesla owners. Based on the comments on this forum, it appears that enthusiasm is souring as the company fails to meet commitments and keeps owners in the dark, communicating mostly in cryptic tweets. Their customer-be-damned attitude is alienating the people who should be their evangelists.

    A "visionary CEO" can be a curse for a company, unless there's someone there to keep the company focused. See, e.g., Polaroid.

    Grammatical nit: "One criteria I’d add to Steve Inskeep’s list...": One criterion; two criteria.
     
  3. McRat

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    It is quite ironic that NPR's Steve Inskeep writes an article posted on the internet about truth when his posting is a prime example of why you cannot trust the internet 100% for news.

    1) Steve states that there is something called a 'post-trust era'. No Steve, things weren't any rosier in 1968 when you were born. Lying to the public using mass communication probably dates back to stone tablets. Don't blame it one man. Lying for political profit was far more rampant in the past. It just takes a closer look at the roots of the US involvement in Vietnam and the focused press releases and statements by the White House to see it's older than Steve himself. But the rest of our country's history was perhaps even worse. Lies have always been the most effective tool for the job in winning politically. But fact checking was far harder in the past due to technology limitations and far fewer investigators.

    2) Corporations are less trustworthy than ever? Exactly the opposite. Corporations today have ethics policies, HR policies, and public scrutiny that did not exist 50 years ago. We as a society had much less trust in the honesty of corporation in the past. While it appears they are all 'evil' today, it's nothing compared to what it was before the internet era. Actual doctors were paid to recommend smoking cigarettes. Toxic waste was lied about. What was in your food was lied about. Nearly all of that has vanished.

    3) People have always been gullible. Patent medicine comes to mind. More recently, look at how many believe the Kennedy assassination was a conspiracy to this day no matter how many hundreds of investigations by all sorts of investigators there have been showing no proof that Lee Harvey Oswald had any accomplices. For Steve to say people must be more skeptical today than ever before ignores the stupidity we have suffered through as a society by wanton skepticism of virtually everything. Elvis was still dead, and there were no aliens in Area 51 before the November election.

    There is nothing in Steve Inskeep article that is noteworthy, and in fact, is intellectually dishonest in it's core premise.
     
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    Thanks, I will fix (if I can figure out how).
     

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