31 March 2017

Bias of the media

Let's start with a quote,
"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you do read it, you're misinformed."
I believe many people are familiar with this sentence by Denzel Washington.

If you think about it, it's true.
Let's take a short excursion to the hot topic of fake news. Fake news is anything BUT news. It's a story, that you might entertain yourself with, but that's just it, a fictional story. That's about all I have to say about them.
Now, the news, is supposed to inform us of facts. However, even the fact reporting media does not tell you all you need to know. There are many things left out. Ratings are important, funding is important, political sponsorship is important. That leads to biased media.
Reporting based on emotion is what one see most nowadays. It doesn't matter how important it is or how not relevant it is, it doesn't matter if it gives a most complete account of the events or the most impartial analysis of the facts. As long as it elicits some kind of emotional response, it's what's you are going to see. The stories are presented in a certain way to shock you, make you pity the subjects, make you revolted or angry. They don't inform you anymore, they feed you what you want. Or... actually what they want.
Have you tried to read the same a piece of news about the same event in different newspapers or magazines? They tell different stories. If you jusr sit around and just eat up the information from one source, how can you be anything other than biased? Because whatever you do or feel and form an opinion on, comes from a biased source.

We can only do as best as we can to not be swayed by those coloured glasses. We should try as best as we can to call attention to and shatter those coloured glasses. It doesn't help people, not you not me not anyone, it polarizes people. We are already too far down that road, shouldn't it be time to turn back? Shouldn't it be time for understanding, shouldn't it be time for unity, shouldn't it be time for peace?

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