Don't Dumb It Down, Explain It

An excellent blog post by Dave Winer this week on this scripting.com blog:

It's so frustrating when a reporter they interview spends a couple of minutes not explaining.

"It's too complicated for your listeners to understand," the reporter might say. What a waste. You could use the time instead explaining what's going on. Some people might not understand, and some would. With the approach they use, no one understands. Some is better than none, don't you think?

This was very timely for me as there was a major Committee of Adjustment hearing this week at Hamilton City Hall. I realized that in order to not dumb it down, I need to write explainers. How I'll find the time, I don't know, but that's my problem to solve.

I'll add this to my summer projects to be completed.

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