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Making Sense of MicronesiaThe Logic of Pacific Island Culture$
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Francis X. S.J. Hezel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780824836610

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824836610.001.0001

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The Uses of Information

The Uses of Information

(p.62) 5 The Uses of Information
Making Sense of Micronesia

Francis X. Hezel

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines the attitudes of Micronesians about how information should be used. Westerners would like to believe that facts are just facts; their concern is to know whether the facts are correct or not so that they can describe the event as accurately as possible. Information can be filtered of personal biases to come up with an objective account, or it can be processed in such a way as to expose those very biases. Micronesians prefer the latter. This chapter suggests that Micronesians are extraordinarily guarded in dispensing information, an attitude that can be linked to the importance of preserving social relations but may conflict with transparency and the public's right to know, both of which are considered essential components of good governance. It also considers the role of media in disseminating information, especially that from government, to the public.

Keywords:   information, Micronesians, bias, Micronesia, social relations, transparency, good governance, right to know, media

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