A big part of modernism ("pragmatism") is understanding statistics. That societies make huge improvements for their people by properly considering the data. But anecdotes override our rationality with emotion, and make much better fodder for media attention. #LiberalValues
@wjmaggos Indeed. And it isn't just anecdotes: as Wu documents in The Attention Merchants, our many cognitive biases have been well and truly plumbed for more than a century now; they're fish in a barrel these days, for content publishers of all ilks.