Of News And Of Truth

They say that a lie can travel halfway across the world as the truth is putting its shoes on. In these days of fake news, this has never run so true. How should we keep ourselves sane and well-informed, then?

They say that a lie can travel halfway across the world as the truth is putting its shoes on. In these days of fake news, this has never run so true.

How should we keep ourselves sane and well-informed, then?

Who do we believe?

Whose story is it?

R says: My aunt once told me, “What is history? It is ‘His Story’”.

So, the history which we base all our knowledge on is probably based off facts, but still the
perspective of the person and the times he/she wrote it in.

You see how all great men in politics, religion etc. were all men!

Probably, if women wrote history, our history books would have different stories to tell.

News, too, has always been a perspective worsened by political polarization in case of political news, corporate polarization in terms of any other news, and sometimes corporate polarization in case of political news too!

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As far as news and other information go, I think we are in better times, because free media and anonymous modes to spread information have given us access to information which we never had before.

How to choose?

So yes, how do we pick and decide? Well, it is tough. Probably listen to all the different perspectives and decide for ourselves what sounds right to us.

Or decide based on the ‘reputation’ of the news item.

The other day, I was reading an article which talked about moving from information age to ‘reputation age’.

With the availability of so much information, we tend to rely on information which has been filtered, evaluated and commented on by others. Essentially, we believe what the mass believes!

No news is good news!

And if it is all too much information, just let it go! No news is good news!

S says: I, for one, think that there is reason enough to be alarmed. If you don’t know who to believe, well, we are just one step away from chaos. That is how you have mobs and riots.

R says: I think those were common in the old days too. Only they would call them ‘lynch mobs with pitchforks’.

S says: My point is, you need a trusted source. A voice of reason, unblemished and pure. I have an
idea – I think robots are the answer. Someone who can never be biased and untruthful.

R says: Except for the people who program them, I would think.

S says: True. There is no escape from the lies. We are doomed.


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