[Fis] Discommunication

Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic gordana.dodig-crnkovic at mdh.se
Mon May 11 11:05:55 CEST 2020

Thanks, Joseph for your interesting reflection.
What would you say of this example of an analysis by leading UK statistician of miscommunications we are massively exposed to in the form of “Number theatre”?
BBC One - The Andrew Marr Show, 10/05/2020, Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter: Here is the whole ten minutes of @d_spiegel<https://twitter.com/d_spiegel>  talking such refreshing sense about COVID19, numbers and risk: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08csg28

All the best,

From: Fis <fis-bounces en listas.unizar.es> on behalf of Joseph Brenner <joe.brenner en bluewin.ch>
Date: Monday, 11 May 2020 at 10:36
To: "fis en listas.unizar.es" <fis en listas.unizar.es>
Subject: [Fis] Discommunication

Greetings and best wishes for the health and safety of all.

The subject of discommunication, defined as an attempt to pervert the process of communication of information itself, was implicit in our previous discussion. The term is not used rigorously. Miscommunication conveys the same idea as misinformation, failure in communication, for any reason. Discommunication should convey the additional idea of intent to mislead, etc.

Discommunication seems to me to refer more directly than in the disinformation case to the consequences for the sender as well as receiver. In popular language, one talks about people who “can’t stop lying” or who “lie so much they no longer can discern truth from falsehood”.  One, of many, current examples of discommunication, grandeur nature, supports this interpretation.


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