By Umesh Jain
Just read an article by Miriam Stoppard in the Mirror who talks about the fact that children are being overprescribed ADHD medications but goes on to say that the solution is Exercise because she has a child with ADHD and she knows that works.
The logic here is that having an experience of something, in this case an n = 1, gives you the right to make a qualified judgment but in the hands of someone who makes their living writing, then this gives you an open door to infect people with your judgment.
She is not wrong. Exercise works as we have talked about in our blogs and our videos but it is part of a balanced approach which may also include medications to facilitate the process. Absolutely, exercise is important but it is not an exclusivity. That is where she is wrong. This is not an all-or-nothing game.
Journalists, like their employers, have to sell ads. To sell ads they have to be controversial. To be controversial they have to say something people will be offended by or interested in. Again, this is another example of Internet littering. The very fact that I am responding to her might be construed as an example of more information noise but I hope my purpose is that we should be simply outraged in general with irresponsible journalists and boycott the Mirror for promoting it.
Then there is Facebook….the slithering weasel underneath. To make a comment to Ms. Stoppard, I have to download the App for the Mirror and, of course, that exposes all of my Facebook friends (I have only 2 incidentally) to this. Facebook figures that my friends would be similar to me so exposes them to the marketing junk they want to send to me…..social information littering. I am glad to see Facebook stock plummet. I hope others are similarly outraged. Let’s hear from you.
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