nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

More on human ignorance

NPR's Radio Times just had an hour about aircraft carriers. It was an overview about their size, usefulness, cost, future, and a little about what it's like to land jets on them and to live on them.

There's also a pledge drive going on, and one of the themes that hour was about not expecting to have any interest in aircraft carriers, but discovering through the wonderfulness of NPR that they actually are interesting. They say the same theme about their business show.

Now, I'll grant that I started out with an extreme case of blind spot about the military, but through the wonders of sf fandom, I eventually picked up some sketchy knowledge and an understanding that any complex human institution has quite a bit interesting about it if it's explained at the right level of abstraction.

I don't know if the commentators were underestimating their audience, but I do wonder if that degree of blind spot is common even among the information junkies that NPR seems to be playing to.

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