Mark Manson’s hit the nail on the head in his recent newsletter. I think this explains why we have so many politicians who seem utterly incapable of writing, let alone passing, a bill. But they do this in spades:
But what about this? Politicians — like Hollywood executives, pop stars, and YouTube creators — are incentivized to generate more engagement. Not great results. Just more engagement, all the time. Therefore, their actions are not optimized to produce smart policy or common sense bills or a shrewd compromise, but instead to grab and hold our attention as long as humanly possible.
Mark suggests that the way out of this mess is to act like recovering addicts. It’s an interesting theory. I don’t know if it will work, but what we are doing now is not working to stem the tide of elected leaders, business thought leaders, and others with large followings who are not actually doing anything but providing the next “fix” of addictive content.