Bad Information = Bad Decisions

Sun Tzu's strategy is a decision making system based on knowing how to use information. It is the science of creating competitive advantage from the superior use of available information. Totalitarian governments are at a competitive disadvantage in the modern world because they try to control the information that their people receive. This raises an interesting question: what happens to democracies when the mainstream media they trust produces a flow of bad or incomplete information? This earlier post on personal responsibility referred to story told on Meet the Press by Aaron Broussard's. It now turns out that this story was another lie circulated in the Mainstream Media. The result of widely circulated misinformation is almost certainly a number of bad government decisions, such as spending money merely to claim how much was spent, as well as a number of bad decisions about government, such as passing control from local to national authorities.