Or should I better say..."How we receive..." the truth.
Let me give you an example of what I mean:
An event happens in your local town. Say, a new fast food restaurant opens.
Now, a news outlet (newspaper, TV station, etc.) wants to report about the new fast food restaurant.
The boss of the news outlet says to his staff "Oh, did you hear about that restaurant. We need a piece on that restaurant for our readers so we can
inform them. Let's send two of our journalists out there, Jackie, you go and take Maggie with you. We need a story TOMORROW in the paper. Make it
So Jacki and Maggie, two journalists go out wanting to make a story about the restaurant.
What's reporters and journalists do? They ask people, witnesses. Something. Whatever makes a good story.
So they pick a few random people close to the restaurant and interview them.
The one interviewed about the new restaurant says something like that he really doesn't care about it. He doesn't like fast food anyway, he hates the
Then they interview another person. That person just came out all angry from the restaurant. In the interview with the journalists, she tells them
there are some Mexicans or Indians serving in the restaurant. She really doesn't like them. The one server even got her the wrong sides with her
burger..so he rattles on to the interviewer that the restaurant has really bad service.
After a while, the two journalists have their story. They go back to their HQ and write some piece about the new restaurant featuring the interviews
with those people. They may add some other stuff to it, to make it a "worthy" story.
The next day, you open the paper (or watch the news, or read that site)...reading about this restaurant.
AND THIS IS HOW WE RECEIVE NEWS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON AROUND US.
Whether it's a trivial event or a major event like a shooting, terrorist attack, assassination etc.
Do you think that as you open a website or turn on the TV you perceive THE TRUTH in regards to some events?
This is in particular the case if major events happening like school shooting etc. where it's happening often that false, inaccurate things are
dispersed in the media especially right after some news break. In addition to that, news media do not have an obligation of "serving the
truth"....they only have an obligation to produce a story. The first one getting the story (SOME STORY) wins!
Something happens, camera teams and journalists are sent out. They interview witnesses, police, victims maybe. They collect often biased information
and or subjective wrong information.
"10 have been shot." (Because some lady interviewed swears she heard ten shots when she was doing laundry)
"Correction. 50 died at the latest school shooting." Based on that they interviewed some people close to where the event happened and some of them may
have said they think that 40-50 people got killed. No one bothers to double-check. Nevertheless, you ill read it in the news.
One day later "2 have been wounded. Thanks god no one was killed". The story has been revised. Because it turned out that the witnesses from the day
before were unreliable or simply told nonsense, 24 hours have gone by and better research has been done and it was found that only 2 had been
hospitalized. No 50 dead.
In addition to all of the above let's not forget that many news media often have an agenda as well.
So....WE are perceiving our "reality" of what happens in almost all cases through news media because we are hardly ever there ourselves as a witness.
Have YOU been at the scene of the murder or mass killing? Have YOU actually talked to the killer so you know his real motive? WHY did this guy storm
into a cinema and shot two dozens of people? He was "insane" because they interviewed some former neighbor of the guy who said so? Was the woman in
the car really "executed" or was this only an opinion by someone who was around when it happened? You get the idea.
We form conspiracy theories about events, say, the Sandy Hook Killings.
Not because we were really THERE and have first-hand knowledge what really happened, but based on a reality/truth which is "produced" for us by news
media whose job is NOT "to report the real truth"...but news media who are companies that produce news for ratings. Or media where journalists are
simply bad, too lazy to do research and who don't care anyway.
I always think..when people form conspiracy theories, they say things like "This or this doesn't make sense, so it must be a conspiracy, a
false-flag". But we form theories often NOT based on the "real truth" but only based on second and third hand opinions, after they filtered through
the media. This is the "truth" we perceive. And it's often grossly inaccurate, subjective or false. And I think when people form an opinion they
should think about whether the events they talk about are actually the REAL events...or just 3rd hand accounts which may not have a lot to do with
what really happened.
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