Filters, censorship, and overload

Maybe we have to accept that there are way too many people in the world who, as adults, do need to be treated like children because they didn’t learn the lessons of childhood.

Jonathan Dresner of Frog in a Well touches on a problem that I’ve been pondering for years. When is omission censorship? How much do people need to know? Is there a way to make information available without connotation? Without harm? How much should you tell someone, child or adult?

If you tell too little, you risk inserting your own bias into what you do tell. But if you tell too much, it can be overwhelming…and you still might not be telling enough.

How can we place filters on the world around us so we can receive the information we need?