How to Fix a Problem (in 60 Seconds or Less)

There aren’t many problems you can solve in 60 seconds, but here’s one: If your shoelaces are loose or untied, simply tie them again — and if you still have a few seconds to spare, then double-knot them (loosely).

Most problems, however, are far more complex … and solutions are far more intricate, often raising new issues that need to be dealt with. I am reminded of how Noam Chomsky would explain why he doesn’t often appear on mainstream media shows: the issues he talks about are simply too complex to even just describe in short sound bites.

In contrast, if you want to become successful like a famous celebrity, then you have to kill it in just a few seconds. Simply invade. Simply retaliate. Simply vax. Simply dunk. Simply break the Internet in the split second of a single freeze frame photo.

It’s easy, right? All you need is cameras. Well, maybe a good PR agent? Some billboards? …?

“Vote for me — I will X” … where X is simply a short phrase that means fix something … no explanation required. You will simply pull the plug? Wow, what a genius! That will surely solve everything, right? (see also “Everywhere Plans for Everybody” [ https://wants.blog/2022/01/07/everywhere-plans-for-everybody ] )

It’s complicated — but it is not futile. Don’t give up — you still have someone … right?

Who do you have? Who do you love? Who do you appreciate? Who do you care about at all? Do you care about yourself? If you don’t, then why would anyone else? Do you care about your community? Your environment? Your habitat? Or do you want to live in a shit-hole?

The first step towards solving any problem is to recognize that the problem exists. Let me explain this with an example of the kinds of problems I have taken onto my own “bucket list” of issues I personally want to address in my own lifetime.

A few months ago, it became obviously clear to some people that the stuff I have been saying for many years — probably a decade or even more — is in fact true: that Google is just as much “irrational media” (see “Hope & Change: Flipping the F-word & Removing the Old-Fashioned R-word” [ http://remediary.com/2020/11/06/hope-change-flipping-the-f-word-removing-the-old-fashioned-r-word ] ) as is Facebook. Although it had already become clear to a few people that Google had manipulated the 2020 presidential election in the United States of America, these new facts are pretty much undeniably a statement from the company itself that essentially amounts to an admission of manipulation (see “This is just a load of crap” [ https://podcasts.video.blog/2022/01/08/this-is-just-a-load-of-crap ] ) … and it blew up like a wildfire … and was doused.

Now we have a new crisis. Is the fact that what many gullible users consider to be a reliable source of information has in fact itself admitted that it actually is not a reliable source of information … somehow unworthy of further reflection? Have we simply moved on? Is our attention span so limited? Where might this kind of problem lead?

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featured cover image via https://www.today.com/popculture/kim-kardashian-tries-break-internet-risque-magazine-covers-1D80283810 ; image from the movie “Idiocracy” via https://imcdb.org/movie_387808-Idiocracy.html
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