Thursday, 12 March 2015

The Media and Negative Sum Games

Ideally we assume that conflicts are zero sum games, that is, if two parties A and B are in conflict then one of them has to be a bad guy and other one has to be the good guy. This belief is very much reflected in popular media these days. Most movies and books have sharp characters, either all good or all bad, to make easy for the viewer or the reader to understand the plot. But real life is different.

Although the average smart human may not exactly confuse a greyish situation for a black-white one, but as time progresses the minor details of the conflict gets eroded from collective memory of humanity and eventually what remains is very close to a black and white situation and the gradient is lost somewhere in either the lack of content or abundance of it.

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