One of the most popular recent articles on the New York Times website was John Tierney’s “Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?” – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/21/magazine/do-you-suffer-from-decision-fatigue.html . It outlines the ideas he writes about in “Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength,” which comes out next month.
He points out how the quality of decisions declines as too many are made, in part because the decision makers have not conserved their willpower for the tough decisions.
The immediate thought is that this explains a lot about what has been happening with decisions by the Presidents/governors/mayors and their legislative bodies. Are they too suffering from decision fatigue?
In this day of total communications via the Internet is this fatigue worsening?
Or does the Internet offer a way for officials to devolve their overtaxing decision making to more citizens via the Internet?
What do you think?
© 2011 Norman Jacknis